AS another sign of things getting back to something like normal, gardens in Clun are set to open their gates again for visitors.

Clun Open Gardens is taking place over a weekend at the end of June.

This year the event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27. There will be a reduced number of gardens to visit this year but in the main they are larger gardens so plenty of room for everyone to spread out.

Gardens will be open from 1pm to 5pm each day and 10 gardens are opening.

Most are all within walking distance in Clun on both sides of the river.

It may be necessary to use a car to reach the Llwyn, although it is a lovely walk taking about 20 minutes to Peartree Cottage from the Knighton Road. A car will definitely be necessary to reach Whitcott Keysett, where local signs will direct you to parking and the wonderful delights of Whitcott Hall garden.

Tickets can be obtained from the ticket desks at The Ferns, Newport Street or Mont Cenise, Newcastle Road. The cost remains at £6.00 per ticket which enables visitors to visit any of the gardens over the two days. There is no cost for accompanied school children.

Teas will be served at Hightown Community Room, Vicarage Road, throughout the afternoon and there will be a well-stocked plant stall for visitors to buy from.

All proceeds from this event are for St George’s Church in Clun.

Open gardens in villages throughout south Shropshire were a feature of the summer calendar before the arrival of Covid-19 in 2020.

By the time that the gardens in Clun open their gates there should be a return to near normal.

In any event experts say that the virus is much more unlikely to be passed from person to person during the summer when the weather is warmer.

Any virus that gets on surfaces is likely to be killed quickly by the sun and should not present a risk of infection.