A GARDEN in Cross Hills is being opened to the public for a year from July to raise funds for Airedale Hospital, Steeton.

Proud gardener Stephen Clemence is inviting people into his small, sunken cottage style garden, just off the busy A629 in support of the Airedale Hospital and Community Charity.

The garden at 'Greystones', which has been cherished by Mr Clemence for the last 15 years, features a range of small trees, herbaceous shrubs, roses and an alpine rockery. Up to four visitors at a time will be welcome to explore the grotto and bothy as well as seasonal planting and water features.

He said: “When visiting Greystones, I do hope that visitors will gain some inspiration, especially when faced with the challenges of developing a small space. I really look forward to meeting lots of people and sharing our gardening stories – good for the soil and the soul."

Laura Hepworth, community fundraiser at Airedale Hospital and Community Charity, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Stephen for opening his garden to the public in support of the AHCC – the proceeds and donations made by visitors over the coming months will help us to raise vital funds – with the added benefit that the local community can experience his beautiful garden."

The garden will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11am to 4pm, from July to June, 2024. Up to four people can visit at a time, and although dogs are welcome, they are not allowed in the garden. Entry is £4 per person, free for children under 10; under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

To arrange a visit, contact Stephen Clemence on 07967 807108.