Houndspool garden in Ashcombe is hosting an open afternoon in aid of British Red Cross tomorrow, May 7, from 2pm to 5pm.

As well as walks around the 40-acre gardens there’ll be cream teas and cakes for sale.

A spokesman for the event said: ‘Come and enjoy the beautifully well-established, landscaped garden with a wide range of planting by expert hands-on gardeners Edward and Carolyn.

‘The house and gardens have been owned and tended by the Bourne family for over 80 years.

‘The garden has been developed, as a pleasure resource, over the past 40 years, having formerly grown fruit and vegetables for the war effort, and then continuing as a market garden.’

Today the nursery remains an international commercial horticulture business.

The spokesman added: ‘The grounds cover some 40 acres, parts of which are very steep, but have lovely views of the Exe estuary. There are lots of unusual and different species to interest and inspire.

‘Access is moderate for wheelchairs and buggies – there are gravelled and grass paths which are pretty much on the level. Motorised wheelchairs would be easier.’

There’s an entrance fee to raise funds for British Red Cross. Dogs on leads are welcome.