Easter opening of hall gardens

Swathes of daffodils bathe the borders at Little Ponton Hall in springtime. EMN-150319-091520001
Swathes of daffodils bathe the borders at Little Ponton Hall in springtime. EMN-150319-091520001

Little Ponton Hall will be opening its gardens this Easter Sunday in aid of the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS).

The hall gardens, nestling in the curve of the River Witham three miles south of Grantham, will be open from 2-5pm.

The 18th century house, home to Rosemary McCorquodale, is surrounded by spacious lawns dominated by a 200-year-old cedar tree. In the walled vegetable garden are the Victorian greenhouses, full of exotic plants, and a listed dovecote. Adjoining the garden is the tiny village church of St Guthlac.

In April, swathes of daffodils bathe the borders and lawns. There are many more spring flowers to see, such as hellebores and narcissi; the mistletoe in the apple tree and the river walk.

There will be home-grown plants for sale in the greenhouses and refreshments and cake sold by EMICS. Coach parties or groups are welcome on the day by appointment. Admission is £5 (children under 16 free). There is a separate car park for the disabled, and toilets accessible to all. The gardens are fully accessible to the disabled. Dogs are welcome on a lead.

EMICS provides volunteer doctors who attend emergency incidents in support of the ambulance service. The scheme needs to raise funds for more specialist equipment.