As much as I enjoy organising Open Gardens - and this year I was a glutton for punishment by adding more events to make a festival - I am glad it's all over. We raised £2242.90 (after deducting expenses) from programme sales, and donations. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! The cash has been split three ways between Perennial RBGS, Burnage Good Neighbours and torture survivors in the North West. In addition, The Garden Cafe at Bud, run by volunteers from Boaz Trust and Freedom From Torture, raised £900, and our open gardeners collected £547 for The Christie, Breast Cancer Care, Macmillan Nurses, and The British Hen Welfare Trust.
Bud Nature Photography Competition
Congratulations to Sarah O'Malley with 'Dandelion In Levenshulme Garden'. She has won a £50 gift voucher to spend at Bud. We had some stunning entries, I loved them all. You'll find them on the Bud Nature Facebook page, where local artist Rod Kippen has created a slideshow
: all the photographs were taken in south Manchester by Manchester residents.