A HISTORIC garden will be opening for charity this weekend.

Flower enthusiasts can take a stroll through one of Teesside’s most well known gardens, Tudor Croft Gardens in Guisborough, during its annual snowdrop weekend between 11am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The garden is thought to boast the biggest collection of snowdrops in the north of England, with more than 250 varieties on view.

The Heagney family took over the property, built by Yorkshire brick manufacturer Ronnie Crossley in the1930s, more than six decades ago and have worked hard to turn the grounds into the floral spectacle it is today.

The project remains life's work of owner and green thumb Mike Heagney.

“Snowdrops are amazing flowers and some of them are absolutely beautiful,” said owner Mike, "The snowdrops give everyone great joy and by attracting our visitors they also help us raise funds for charities.

"Funds this year will principally go towards Kids Kabin, which provides creative activities for children in underprivileged areas and has worked in community centres in North Ormesby, Thorntree and Berwick Hills, and is now setting up street workshops in Grove Hill, in collaboration with Thirteen Housing Group.

“We will also be helping four schools, two in Guisborough, one in South Bank and one in Middlesbrough with their garden projects.”

Other secrets the garden holds include fountains, lily ponds, medieval stonework, follies, streams and terracotta elves made at Crossley’s brickworks.

Admission is £5, free for children, and parking on nearby roads will be well signposted, with volunteer stewards on hand to help. Most areas are accessible by wheelchair.