Open Your Garden for Charity

The Irish Red Cross is appealing to Laois gardening enthusiasts to take part in Open Gardens 2014. The event, which runs from June to October, is a fundraising initiative whereby people are encouraged to open up their gardens for a morning, afternoon or full day and extend an invite to their family, friends or wider communities.

All types and sizes of gardens can get involved in Open Gardens 2014, whether it is an urban balcony, a suburban vegetable patch or sprawling acres of manicured land.  Likewise, all types of gardeners are encouraged to take part and show off their green-fingered success – from gardening novices to enthusiasts, and garden designers to grandparents. This is an event that everyone can get involved in.

All proceeds from Open Gardens 2014 will support the humanitarian work of the Irish Red Cross in Ireland and overseas.  Through a network of 5,500 volunteers, the Irish Red Cross provide services around the country.  These include mountain and lake rescue services, emergency teams, who work as an auxiliary to the State during national emergencies, community care and youth development programmes.

To get involved with the Irish Red Cross Open Gardens 2014, call or email Community Fundraiser Laura Gallagher on (01) 642 4659 or  For more information see


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