The garden at The Old Vicarage in Hutton Magna, near Barnard Castle, will be open as part of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 23 April.

David and Julia Raw invite visitors to their south facing garden which includes cut and topiary hedging, an old orchard, rose and herbaceous borders featuring hellebores in profusion, with tulips and primulas. Home made teas will be available, together with a large and interesting plant sale.

Julia would like to praise her helpers. "We have a loyal support team, we couldn't do it without them" she said.

Founded in 1927,  the NGS has been inviting garden owners to open their exceptional gardens to the public for good causes, giving people unique access to some of Britain’s most beautiful, memorable gardens for just the cost of a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Over the last 90 years, they have raised over £50 million for nursing charities across the UK. Comprehensive information about the NGS organization and its work can be found at

The Old Vicarage garden will be open from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission is £4.00 per adult, children free.

Hutton Magna lies approximately 2 miles north of the A66 at Smallways crossroads, 8 miles south-east of Barnard Castle, 6 miles west of Scotch Corner (postcode for satnavs: DL11 7HJ). The Old Vicarage is just betond the north end of the village, at the junction of the road to Wycliffe.