Twenty gardens will thrown open their gates to the public later this month in aid of a hospice charity.

This event has been taking place in Snape, near Bedale, every two years for more than 20 years, and this year will raise funds for Herriot Hospice Homecare.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, a total of 20 gardens will be open – large and small, formal and relaxed – displaying topiary, sculpture and a wide variety of plants from traditional roses to tropical bananas.

Admission will be £5 per person (children free of charge) and free car parking will be provided. The gardens are open from 10am to 4pm and refreshments will be available between 10am and 3pm each day in the Village Institute.

Tony Collins of Herriot Hospice with the organisers of Snape Open Gardens

In addition to the gardens there will be a plant stall, a display by a local textile group and miniature gardens to view in the Methodist Chapel. On the Sunday, Bedale Brass band will be performing on the Green at 1.30pm.

Richard Poole, who leads the planning group, said he was so pleased to be able to raise funds for such a worthy cause and he was very grateful for the excellent support from the planning group and the wider community in Snape.

Tony Collins, chief executive of Herriot Hospice Homecare, added: “I am really delighted that the Snape Open Gardens event is supporting Heriot Hospice Homecare which is embedded in the community of Snape and surrounding areas.”