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Wordsworth House joins the National Garden Scheme

Visitors in Wordsworth House garden (Credit National Trust/Paul Harris)

Wordsworth House is joining forces with the National Garden Scheme to host a special open day on Friday 6 September for garden fans and lovers of homemade cake.

It will be the first time the heritage walled garden in Cockermouth has taken part in the popular initiative showcasing some of the nation’s best green spaces.

The house, which is owned by the National Trust, will not be open, but visitors will be able to explore the award-winning riverside garden that provided poet William with a lifetime of inspiration, chat to members of the volunteer team who care for it, and enjoy tea or coffee with home-baked cake.

All proceeds from the day will go to charities supported by the National Garden Scheme, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Hospice at Home.

Wordsworth House head gardener Amanda Thackeray said: “As a charity ourselves, we’re very pleased to be holding this special garden-only opening in support of such worthy causes.

“We’re hoping the event will appeal particularly to local people who may never have visited William’s childhood garden and those who haven’t been for a few years.

“It is planted very much as we think it would have been in his day, with a mixture of fruit, vegetables, medicinal herbs and other plants typical of the period.”

Wordsworth House garden will be open from 11am to 4.30pm. Tickets cost £3.50 for adults, with free entry for children, who can follow a special trail.

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