So many remarkable charities are have problems getting volunteers and it is perhaps for this reason that the Gardens at Quenington Old Rectory are the only garden open for the Red Cross in the whole of the county of Gloucestershire this year.

A fact that is shocking.

However, I think a simple solution may have been found.

Charities can share events.

The teas for the garden opening on Sunday, May 19, are being organised by the Friends of Colesbourne Church.

Our small parish churches too are under threat of closure denying us one of the great glories of the British countryside.

It is in the interest of all our communities that people feel they can contribute in a way that fits in with their family life.

Any money raised next Sunday, from the entry and a sale of our own plants will benefit the local work of the Red Cross, but come also to munch through plates of delicious homemade cakes and help a lovely church to remain open for us all.

The gardens are open from 2pm to 5pm, admission is £5 for adults.

Here is the chance to have a sneak preview of some pieces of sculpture already in place for the Fresh Air 2019 exhibition opening on June 16 to July 7.

Lucy Abel Smith