King Charles III sends wishes ahead of gardens opening in Wiltshire this weekend

"His Majesty the King will continue as Patron of the National Garden Scheme,” <i>(Image: National Garden Scheme)</i>
"His Majesty the King will continue as Patron of the National Garden Scheme,” (Image: National Garden Scheme)

King Charles III has wished all garden lovers "another happy year of garden visiting", after being named Patron of the National Garden Scheme again.

The warmer weather has arrived in the UK, but it has also signalled the return of unpredictable showers and - last weekend - thunderstorms.

Despite this, garden lovers are hard to deter, especially during spring bloom.

Stuck for plans this weekend? Well, weather permitting, why not visit one of these incredible gardens opening in Wiltshire:

BIDDESTONE MANOR

Friday 17th May - 10.30am - 4pm

Chippenham Lane, Biddestone, SN14 7DJ.

Directions: On A4 between Chippenham & Corsham turn N from A420.

£8 entry, free for children.

WINKELBURY HOUSE

Saturday 18th May - 2pm - 5pm

Berwick St John, Shaftesbury, SP7 0EY.

Directions: From A30 follow the sign to Berwick St John, after 1½m turn L into Woodlands Lane.

£9 entry, free for children.

1 SOUTHVIEW

Sunday 19th May - 2pm - 5pm

Wick Lane, Devizes, SN10 5DR.

Directions: From Devizes Market Place go S (Long St). At the roundabout go straight over, at the mini roundabout turn L into Wick Ln. Continue to the end of Wick Lane. Park on the road or roads nearby.

£5 entry, free for children.

TRYMNELLS

Sunday 19th May - 12pm - 5pm

1a Coxhill Lane, Potterne, Devizes, SN10 5PH.

Directions: Coxhill Ln is opposite George & Dragon pub. Trymnells is 2nd property on L & is at the top of a gravel drive. Parking at Potterne Village Hall, Some space on the drive for those with limited mobility.

£5 entry, free for children.

TWIGS COMMUNITY GARDEN

Sunday 19th May - 12pm - 4pm

Manor Garden Centre, Cheney Manor, Swindon, SN2 2QJ.

£3 entry, free for children.

See their website here for more information.


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King Charles III to continue as Patron of the National Garden Scheme

“We are delighted to announce that His Majesty the King will continue as Patron of the National Garden Scheme,” says National Garden Scheme Chairman, Rupert Tyler.

“His Majesty was Patron of the National Garden Scheme as The Prince of Wales from 2002 and we are extremely grateful that he will continue in the role as King Charles III," he added.

Speaking about his role as Patron, His Majesty said: “For me, as Patron, the wonderful thing about the National Garden Scheme is its unique blend of Britishness – the marriage of nursing and gardens; the exemplary role of volunteers; the cumulative fundraising power of small events; the championing of local community activity and the celebration of what gardens can do for the benefit of us all.

"So I can only wish you all another happy year of garden visiting.”