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Frome Allotments Opens Up

As high summer swings into the west country, Frome Allotments will be opening up their sites to the people of the town and beyond.

The first opening is on Tuesday 4th July when Muriel Jones Fields opens its gates as part of the National Garden Scheme.

“Last year people came from far and wide to see our newest allotment site. They were mightily impressed with the range of gardening styles on show on the 98 plots,’ said chairman of Frome Allotments, Neil Cameron.

The 98 plots are on a gently sloping 5-acre site, leading to the River Frome, with views of Cley Hill and the Longleat forest. Admission is £4.50 and the proceeds go to various nursing and cancer charities supported by the NGS, including Hospice UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics and tea and cake will be on sale.

Four other sites in the town are opening up as part of Hidden Gardens, Frome, a well-established perennial in the Frome Festival calendar. On Friday 7th July,  pretty Orchard Street  will be opening.

On Saturday 8th July, both Mendip View and North Hill will be on show to the public. Both of them hidden away, it’s a chance to enjoy relatively unknown areas of the town’s horticultural story.

Finally, on Sunday 9th July it’s the turn of Welshmill. On the banks of the river Frome, the town centre site has an abundance of flower, fruit and vegetables.

Tickets for Hidden Gardens can be bought at the festival box office at the Cheese and Grain.