Two special reasons to visit an extra-special garden

The garden at the birthplace of one of the North East’s most famous sons will be opening its doors to the public at the end of this month.

Fallodon Hall, where Charles Grey was born, is to welcome people through its gates as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and for the Red Cross. The Bridgeman family bought Fallodon from the Greys and four generations have lived there. Peter Bridgeman, now 80, has planted many trees including the famous metasequoia glyptostroboides, which was re-discovered in China in 1948, having only been known from fossils and thought to have been extinct.

His brother, John Bridgeman, has left his mark on Fallodon. This year he completed a six-month-long project of constructing a slate sculpture, near the sunk garden at the front of the house. This four-foot urn, pictured left, is composed of 850 hand-cut local slates.

On Saturday, June 29, the gardens will be open from 2pm to 5pm for the NGS. There will be home-made teas in the stable yard.

Dogs are welcome and there is limited wheelchair access. Entrance is £3, children free.

Then on Sunday, June 30, the gardens will be open from 2pm to 5pm, in aid of the Red Cross. The same admission applies.

This year the Northumberland Tea Company has donated tea for the openings.