VISITORS to a group of gardens in Crosspool on Saturday will find a miniature railway in one of them.
Dave Mason has developed the 16mm scale Rivelin Glen Railway at the back of his home at 15 Den Bank Close since 1989, basing it on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway in Devon.
It has proved an attraction when Crosspool gardeners have opened their gates for charity in recent years.
“We usually get 80 to 100 people depending on the weather, although one year we got 300 and it was chaos,” said Dave, aged 68, a retired civil engineer with British Rail.
Nine gardens will be open to the public on Saturday from 10am to 5pm as part of the Crosspool Festival, including ones with traditional lawns and borders, some that are especially wildlife-friendly and some with water features.
Each is supporting its own charity – more than £2,000 was raised last year – and tickets are available from Craft Angels in Crosspool or the gardens or at Stephen Hill Methodist Church on the day.
The festival has a street market in Selbourne Road on Sunday and events throughout the week culminate with the summer fayre at Coldwell Lane on Saturday, July 9 and an open-air service and picnic at Lydgate Green on the Sunday.