Gates opening to a ‘magical’ garden

Roger Thompson in his garden at Dore which has been included in the Yellow Book of the National Gardens Scheme

Roger Thompson in his garden at Dore which has been included in the Yellow Book of the National Gardens Scheme

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ONE of Sheffield’s most celebrated private gardens opens to the public this weekend.

It is a chance to see the meadows, woodland, formal borders, polytunnels and even hen runs at Owl End in Newfield Lane, Dore, which was once part of a property belonging to Firth Brown and then British Steel.

Roger and Sue Thompson are opening the gates again as part of the National Gardens Scheme. With views across Blackamoor, the garden is in the scheme’s prestigious Yellow Book.

About 350 people visited last year, raising £1,400 for NGS charities.

“It’s a fairly classical English garden,” said Roger. “It’s one of Sheffield’s listed gardens, along with the Botanical Gardens!”

The couple carried out a transformation after moving into Owl End 26 years ago. Sue, a researcher, concentrates on the flowers, Roger, who is retired, the fruit and vegetables.

“It’s such a beautiful place,” he said. “We feel a bit like curators, that we are looking after it for the next generation. It’s a magical sort of place.”

The garden, which will be signposted, is open on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm.

Admission is £3 (children free). No dogs allowed.