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CONDITIONS may not have been ideal this summer, but National Gardens Scheme gardeners have not let the weather keep them indoors.

Three local properties are opening their doors this weekend as part of the scheme.

Willow Holt, Willow Hall Lane, Thorney is a two-acre oasis in agricultural Fenland, home to a wide variety of wildlife and hundreds of plants. Owners Angie and Jonathan Jones have gardened here for 20 years. Its history was as an old gravel pit then a local rubbish tip. The dells are water-filled, providing a home for great crested newts and dragonfly larvae.

This is a fascinating garden. Strange sculpted creatures, meandering paths, meadow, woodland and every year more plants. It is open Sunday July 22 from 11am to 5pm, admission is £4, tea/coffee and plants for sale.

20 Steeple View, March - twice winner of ‘Best Garden in March and area’ has well stocked borders, pergola and pond.

It is open with The Barn from 10am-4pm. Combined admission £3.

The Barn, Mill Hill Lane, March, is an acre with island beds in grassed areas, pond and bog garden. Informal borders and pergola lead to a Japanese-style area. Open Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July, 10am-5pm. £3 combined with Steeple View.

The NGS supports Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, Crossroads, The Queens Nursing Institute, The Royal Fund for Gardeners’ Children, Perennial, NGS gardeners careerships.