THE secret gardens of Ludlow have opened their gates in a good cause.

For 25 years some of the town’s hidden treasures have let people in for a good look round.

It is a project that has been helping to raise money for the Ludlow Assembly Rooms.

The idea is that some of the lovely private gardens throw their gates open for the public to take a look at their leisure.

For just £6.50 admirers and gardeners looking for tips were able to buy a ticket and a map to visit different gardens in and around the town centre.

Later in the year it is also planned to hold a ‘small gardens’ festival in which people with smaller plots will be able to show off what they can do.

One of the star attractions was the garden of Dennis and Sheilagh Bateman of Mill Street.

Mrs Bateman said that despite the size of their beautiful gardens her husband Dennis does all the gardening himself without the help of a gardener.