Homeless fund-raising event at historic garden

By Beth Sharp Thursday 04 September 2014 Updated: 05/09 10:03

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Buy photos » Residents can visit Hagley Hall and help St Basils at the same time.

RESIDENTS have been invited to explore a recently restored historic garden and help raise money for young homeless people.

Bromsgrovians and all those from the district have been given the rare opportunity to preview the 19th century garden at Hagley Hall whilst supporting the charity St Basils.

Tickets are now being sold for the special event which will take place next Saturday (September 14) - the garden will not be officially opened to the public until 2015.

Thanks to Lord Cobham, who offered the charity preview day to St Basils, everything raised from the ticket sales will go towards helping young people, in Worcestershire, between 16 and 25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

During the special event visitors will be able to explore the enchanting park and experience the breathtaking views the 350acre estate has to offer now it has been restored to its former glory and looks as it did at the height of its fame in the early 1800s.

On the day members of the public will be able to take a stroll near the lake, in the deer park and see the rotunda and folly castle whilst viewing the styles of gardens which were popular 200 years ago.

The park is well-known for the inspiration it has provided to many writers and painters - it was even visited by two US presidents as well as the poet Alexander Pope.

Anne Morton, St Basil's fund-raising officer, said: "We do hope members of the public will take full advantage of this rare opportunity to preview this beautiful park which has been fully restored to its 18th century splendour.

"We are very grateful to Lord Cobham for offering us this fantastic opportunity."

Tickets are £10 for adults, £3.50 for children between five and 14 and £7.50 for seniors. A family ticket for two adults and two children costs £25.

Email fundraising@stbasils.org.uk or call 0121 772 9614 for more information or to book your tickets.

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