SUMMER at last and for the gardeners amongst you, this is a chance to sit back and enjoy the fruit of all your labours earlier in the year. I know I am not alone in enjoying gardening and I joined the Solihull Open Gardens scheme because I know others enjoy seeing how people tackle the same issue of gardening on clay as the very name Solihull as in "soily hill" indicates.
What you may not know is how successful this scheme has been. This year the 50 of us who opened our gardens helped contribute to raising over £ 4000 for the Citizen's Advice Bureaux.
I know how much these funds will be appreciated having recently opened the new CAB office in Chelmsley Wood where 19 volunteers have put in over 6,000 hours of work helping others with their problems.
The Open Garden scheme has been running for seven years now and there have been 29,000 garden visits. The scheme initially raised money for the hearing dogs for deaf people scheme and latterly for the CABs.
The way I look at it is the thought of hundreds of people coming round the garden is enough to drive me into action earlier in the year and produces a result that last the rest of the summer season meanwhile raising money for a good cause.
It is incredibly well organised under a team of volunteers led by Jerry Tandy so maybe it is something to consider for the future to share your gardens delights with the rest of us.
For further information: Chelmsley Wood Citizens Advice Bureau: 0870 120 2425 or Solihull Open Gardens: www.solihullsopengardens.org.uk, 0121 705 1059