THE walled garden at Burton Manor will be open to the public for the first time, months after the college was closed.

The garden and glasshouses were revamped by the Friends of Burton Manor using a £500,000 heritage Lottery grant.

Although the main gardens and manor house will not be open, keen horticulturalists can visit the walled garden and glasshouse of the former adult education centre as part of a National Gardens Scheme event.

Four other gardens in the village will also be open; Maple House, Briarfield, Rake Cottage and Lynwood.

These very different gardens are on display to raise money for Macmillan cancer relief, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Claire House Children’s Hospice.

The wildlife area at Maple House contrasts a modern blue garden and Himalayan ‘weeds’ at Briarfield.

Lynwood has a view across the River Dee to the Clwyd hills and an extensive natural sandstone outcrop; while Briarfield and Rake Cottage nestle under the south side of Burton Wood.

There will be plant sales at Briarfield and Lynwood, with refreshments in the village hall.

Signs will direct visitors to one of the three free car parks, where maps are available.

The entrance price is £4.50, children free, payable at any of the gardens.