Members of the public are invited to tour Edge Hill University’s extensive parks and gardens later this month to support the National Garden Scheme (NGS) which raises much needed funds for health charities around the UK.

The gardens will be open on Saturday 25th June and Sunday 26th June from 11.00am – 4.00pm. Admission is a £3.50 donation per person, with proceeds benefiting seven health related charities including Macmillan Caner Support, Carers Trust and Parkinson’s UK. Admission for children is free.

Edge Hill University’s gardens are one of three Ormskirk gardens that residents can tour as part of this years’ event. The other two featured gardens owned by local residents are located at 72 Ludlow Drive and 1 Pinfold Road.

Edge Hill’s Environmental Sustainability Manager, Julia Durkan said: “Edge Hill University is proud to showcase its grounds in support of the National Garden Scheme’s incredible work.

“The University prides itself on conserving and enhancing the biodiversity and natural beauty of the site. Our award winning team maintain a variety of diverse landscapes including wetlands, woodlands, meadows, gardens and more.

“We’re excited to share our grounds with the public in order to raise funds and support a great cause,” she said.

Since its foundation, the National Gardens Scheme has donated over £45 million to nominated beneficiaries, of which nearly £23 million has been donated within the last ten years.

Garden enthusiasts are advised to stop by the visitor table near the University’s main entrance on St Helen’s Road where they can pay a donation to receive a copy of the sculpture trail and the garden trail to self-guide through the grounds.

Alternatively, a full list of gardens can be found by typing in your area postcode at http://www.ngs.org.uk/gardens/find-a-garden

The NGS was founded by the Queen’s Nursing Institute in 1927 to raise money to support district nurses in England and Wales. The NGS is the biggest ever funder of both Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie, having donated £15.75m and £7.8m to each.