Garden gate opens for charity

A COUNTRY house is opening its gardens to the public to raise funds for charity.

As part of the Red Cross Open Garden scheme, Fallodon Hall at Christon Bank near Alnwick – the sister house to Howick Hall – is letting people have a peek inside the historic grounds on Saturday, June 26.

Visitors will be able to see an example of 350-year-old artificial heating in the kitchen garden, which enabled Samuel Salkeld to produce fruit using fireplaces and heating ducts.

There is also a square sunken garden which Edward Grey dedicated to his first wife, as well as a less prestigious area for his second wife.

The house was also home to Earl Charles Grey, of tea fame, who became Prime Minister in 1830 and whose statue stands in Newcastle.

The gardens will be open between 2pm and 6pm on the day. Entrance costs £3 for adults while accompanied children are free. Dogs are allowed on leads.