Avon Cottage, Lower Woodford, Salisbury, is open on Sunday June 9, from 2pm to 5pm to raise funds for the local RSPB branch. Entry is £4 adults, children free, and assistance dogs only.

Avon Cottage, partly 16th century, is in two acres of informal gardens overlooking the Woodford Valley water meadows. The garden sits alongside a crystal clear chalk stream carrier of the River Avon.

It’s taken Sheila and Trevor Shepherd since 1978 to bring their garden to its present condition. They often open the garden as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) but they are hosting a fund-raising event for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

RSPB South Wiltshire Local Group volunteers will serve home-made cakes, cream teas and hot and cold drinks, and plenty of seats and tables in the garden.

Since the garden opened, it has featured in several magazines and on the radio. The cottage is opposite the Wheatsheaf pub in Lower Woodford. Parking is in the adjacent field as signposted, with ‘Disabled Only’ parking on the gravel drive of the cottage.

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