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If you’re a keen gardener, it’s always rewarding to see what other people have done with their gardens. Open days arouse a variety of emotions: curiosity, delight, envy, complacency.

The over-riding feeling of people attending the St Mawes and District Garden Society Open Day on 10 July was one of enjoyment. The weather was good, the gardens were lovely, the refreshments were plentiful – and the event raised £1500 for the Trust.

Visitors also enjoyed chocolate brownies made by one of the young people taking part in the RYST expedition on Tall Ship Maybe this month: Millie, 18, from St Mawes, sponsored by St Mawes Pier & Harbour Company. The teenagers are doing their bit to raise funds for the Trust, helping ensure that others are given similar opportunities to experience sailing and adventure – and as a mark of appreciation for the organizations that have sponsored their place on Maybe.

Millie, 18, from St Mawes, with her brownies

We’re very grateful to Amelia Whitaker for her superb organization – and to the Society for choosing us as the charity to benefit. Also to corporate sponsors St Mawes Bakery, Da Bara, Roseland Plant Centre and St Mawes Co-op. And a big thank you to the five St Mawes families who hosted the day, no doubt going through a frenzy of preparation to perfect their already immaculate gardens. It was well worth the effort.