44th Cerne Abbas Open Gardens August 14 & 15 2021
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Helping at Open Gardens

Open Gardens success depends not only on the garden openers but also on those that help. There are five activity areas:

Ticket sales.
Plant sales.
Garden sitting.

Ticket sales

George Mortimer has organised the ticket sales for more than 15 years but in 2016 there will be a transition to Angela Lowe. Helpers are needed to sell tickets and distribute maps in the car park from 1:30pm to 3:30 and the square from 1:30pm to 5pm. Please contact either of the above.

Plant sales

Mike Clark has been organising the plant sales for about 20 years. This involves liaising with the plant providers and organising the setting up and manning of the plant stall and finally paying the plant providers and passing the net sum on to Bob Foulser. Due to a back condition he is finding the effort of setting up and continuously manning the plant stall requires more stamina than he is comfortable with and Mike Keeting has agreed to take over.

Helpers are needed to set up the plant stall from noon to 1pm, sell plants and then dismantle the plant stall after about 6pm.

The plant stall is very successful and has an excellent reputation with our visitors some of whom come to Open Gardens only to buy plants.


Denis Parkin has been organising the parking in Simsay Field for more than 20 years. This involves putting up and taking down signage as well as manning the carpark from 11 am to about 4pm on the Open Garedens days. The scout group, which has been amongst the beneficiaries of Open Gardens, will help him.


The teas are provided by a local organisation and the profits shared between that organisation and Open Gardens. From 2016 the Cerne Valley Youth Club, lead by Jackie Baxter, will been responsible for providing the teas and cakes served in the church. Hopefully this will provide a regular income of around £500 to the Youth Club.

Garden sitting

Occasionally garden openers need someone else to share the task of just being in their garden whilst visitors are around. The need is unpredictable but if you are prepared to help in this way if needed then please let Bob Foulser know. Sometimes this help makes the difference between a garden being open or not.