Advance Notice: next Secret Gardens, Sunday May 13th, 2018
This year’s Secret Gardens was on Sunday, May 14th, 2017
Secret Gardens is one of the Liverpool Echo’s 11 reasons to live on the Wirral – click here for details.
Secret Gardens 2017 proved to be an extremely successful day – much due to our volunteers from the charities we worked with this year and Oxton Society members and the contribution of sponsors and Oxton businesses.
As the sun shone the numbers of visitors increased significantly:
Programme sales were £20,100, up from £17,750 in 2016 (+13%)
Overall income was £28,800, up from £25,400 in 2016 (+13%)
Profit from the event (after expenses) was £20,700, up from £18,300 in 2016 (+13%)
Distribution to charities- £4,000 each
This year our three charities were Helplink, The Shaftsbury Youth Club and The Wirral Fund for Children with Special needs.
We are grateful to the Hoylake Moviemakers (Brian and Keith) for once again producing this excellent film of this year’s event. This year they focused on our programme of entertainment and visitors enjoying themselves rather than the gardens themselves.
This film is from the YouTube “Wirral Channel” which also has a number of videos of local interest.
Secret Gardens 2016 was on Sunday 19th June.
We took in nearly £25,000 and the costs of mounting the event are about £6,500 – £1500 less than last year, thanks to careful preparations and a change of contract for the road closure. This means our three partner charities will each receive more than £3,500. £7,000 will come to the Society to pay for our activities, including hanging baskets, dog bags, Xmas Lights, history chronicles and tree planting.
We sold 2,600 tickets with more pre-sales at discount rates than usual. Other income was from refreshments, the raffle, Box Bakery and Adams Butcher street food, donations from businesses, artists and entertainers and the Oxton Business Club who paid to advertise in the programme.
We extend our appreciation to the twenty garden owners for all their hard work in preparing their lovely gardens and who continued to admit visitors right up to closing time despite the 3pm deluge.
Our partner charities for 2016 were:
See an extended film of Secret Gardens 2016 by the Hoylake Moviemakers, with special thanks to Brian Bishop and Keith Maxwell.
For another video of last year’s event, by Bob Wass, click here.
Secret Gardens 2015
In spite of some strong winds and threat of rain earlier in the week Sunday 21st June turned out to be a lovely day and we sold 2418 tickets overall, an increase of almost 200 on last year.
- 1072 tickets purchased on the day
- Several Gardens owners reported having over 1800 visitors through their garden during the day
- Almost 200 volunteers contributed their time on the Sunday working on the many stalls and in the gardens as stewards
- 20 volunteers gave up their Saturday afternoon to erect gazebos and prepare the school grounds for the Sunday).
- Delicious cakes, pastries, sandwiches and snacks were prepared by a team of hardworking and cheerful volunteer ‘cooks’
- Another team of 16 volunteers organised the car park on the Arno Fields and also the mini bus transport in and around the village
- The vouchers, gifts and financial donations from local businesses were used to make up a tempting array of prizes in the Pick a Prize Raffle which this year raised a brilliant £1567
- Takings are up on last year by approximately £2400
- We expect to have approximately £17000 to distribute between the four charities involved.
We were overwhelmed with the praise from many visitors and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves:
“Thank you very much for such a lovely day yesterday. We really enjoyed it – all the gardens were beautiful and a credit to their owners. “
“Wonderful day today, thanks to all who organised things and all who opened their lovely gardens to the public. Thanks also to all who came in to Christ Church to listen to the organ recitals and view the miniature gardens created by Christ Church Primary School!”
“all the way from Manchester just got back home .. loved it absolutely loved it .. thank you ..”
“First time at this event The gardens were wonderful As an owner of a garden smaller than the smallest garden I was very envious”
“A wonderful day.”
“Well done to everyone involved in organising today’s lovely event. Thank you.”
We are grateful to Brian Bishop and Keith Maxwell of the Hoylake Movie Makers for producing this video of the event.
We are also grateful to one of our members, Ron Eyre, who was also was out filming on the day and this is his video.