A VILLAGE is preparing to show off its fields of gold, as well as its carefully manicured gardens, to support community projects.

The open gardens event in Crayke, near Easingwold, has been planned to coincide with the annual flourish of golden daffodils.

Taking place from 11am to 5pm on Sunday, April 3, it will see the opening of about a dozen gardens, most with spectacular views. Entrance is £5 per adult (children free), with free parking.

In addition, there will be a "new beginnings" exhibition in St Cuthbert’s Church, a History of Crayke exhibition and the findings of a recently commissioned ecological survey on display in the village hall, a treasure hunt for children, a tombola and performances by the Easingwold Town Development Band and the Ripon Resound Choir.

A plant sale of both locally grown and commercially grown plants will be held at the village hall, and refreshments will be available during the day at both the hall and church.

Crayke Primary School, just down the road from the village hall, will open its own unique garden for the event, where children are shown how to cultivate and then harvest plants.

On entering the village, visitors will be directed to the sports club and village hall for safe, free parking, and the purchase of tickets.

Funds raised on the day will be used to support community projects such as the school’s outdoor learning facility, to improve the sports and village hall’s capacity for events and functions, and to give safer access for visitors wishing to view the external features of St Cuthbert’s Church.