One of Derby’s most exclusive private gardens is being opened to the public to raise money for DCHC.

Visitors to Locko Park, on the outskirts of Spondon, can wander through the manicured gardens and woodland path, overlooked by the imposing Grade II-listed Locko Hall, which has been in the hands of the current owners since 1747, as well as see the Hall’s historic chapel.

They will be treated to music from a brass band, enjoy a cream tea or an ice cream from Derby’s ethical ice cream supplier Just Ice. There will also be book and cake stalls, Pimms and Lemonade and even the DCHC coconut shy, which makes a regular appearance at events.

Locko Park is privately-owned and very rarely opens its gardens to the public. The stunning estate parkland surrounding it was laid out in 1792 and is landscaped in the style of Capability Brown.

The event takes place on Sunday June 23rd, from 1pm – 5pm (last entry at 4pm) and we owe a big thanks to Lucy Palmer, the Previous High Sheriff of Derbyshire, who lives in Locko Hall and whose family have owned the estate for generations, for opening the gardens for us.

Entry is £3.50, with children under 12 going free.

Lucy said: “I visited the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre during my High Sheriff year. Having looked around the centre, talked with Ali the manager, had lunch and played with the children I saw how caring and conscientious the staff are and as a consequence how happy the children were.

“I am delighted to support such an inspirational charity and I have made Locko available to them for an ‘Open Garden’ to help DCHC to continue providing valuable holiday experiences for the less fortunate children of our County.”

The gardens are not suitable for wheelchairs as they contain a number of steps and uneven surfaces.

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