|Lucy enjoying the 2012 Garden Safari|
June is the safari season in Horsell. Yes, that's right, the village of Horsell hosts its 11th annual Garden Safari on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June.
There won't be too many big beasts prowling the streets but there will be 25 gardens to visit over the two days.
Opening hours and tickets
Gardens are open 11am to 5pm on Saturday and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday. Buy tickets from Spar, Needle and Thread or Lisa Jones hairdressers in Horsell High Street or at The Lightbox. Tickets cost £7 per adult (children go free) and include a map of the gardens and details of extras available at each location such as refreshments or plant sales.
The Safari is always a great event with new and old gardens to see, some delicious cakes and even wildlife (usually nothing more vicious than chickens).
Visitors drive, cycle or walk around and you can go to as many or as few gardens as you wish.
Pares Woodland Garden
A special feature of this year's Garden Safari will be the opening of Pares Woodland Garden. I've blogged here on how the vision of one man and the hard work of the 2nd Thursday club transformed an overgrown piece of land behind the High Street into an inviting woodland garden. Now you can come and see the finished project for yourself. Grand opening Saturday 15 June at 10.30 and then open as for the rest of the Safari over the weekend.
Supporting community facilities
Funds raised from the Garden Safari go towards the upkeep of the Village Hall and in recent years has contributed to both new flooring and a new boiler.