Open gardens at stunning Ribble Valley home was a blooming great success

Great Mitton Hall owner Jean Kay (centre) with friends and helpers at the open garden event.
Great Mitton Hall owner Jean Kay (centre) with friends and helpers at the open garden event.
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The owners of one of the Ribble Valley’s most stunning homes opened their gardens to the public.


Great Mitton Hall in Mitton hosted the event yesterday and Saturday when hundreds of visitors flocked to tour the gardens in blistering sunshine.

Mark and Natalie Surdival and their sons Harry (four) and one-year-old Niall, who live in Worsthorne, enjoy the views from an elevated verandah at the open garden event at Great Mitton Hall.

Mark and Natalie Surdival and their sons Harry (four) and one-year-old Niall, who live in Worsthorne, enjoy the views from an elevated verandah at the open garden event at Great Mitton Hall.

Tea and cakes were served and there was also the opportunity to visit the 12th century All Hallows Church next door.

Visitors enjoyed fabulous views of Clitheroe Castle, the River Ribble, Pendle Hill, the Yorkshire Peaks, Whalley Nab, Geoffrey Hill, Longridge Fell and Stonyhurst College from the gardens.

Hall owners Ken and Jean Kay organised the event to commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War One and the charities benefitting from the proceeds are the Royal British Legion and the Brooke Hospital for animals.

The couple were also raising money for There But Not There, the inaugural campaign for the charity Remembered which is commemorating the anniversary by creating art installations.

And one of the installations, a silhouette of a British soldier, was situated at the entrance to the gardens at the hall surrounded by a ornamental poppies and a wreath.

Visitors could also browse a variety of stalls sellings, books, toys, bric-a-brac and plants.