Willesden couple will open their garden to the public for charity tomorrow

Chris and Miranda Mason will raise money by showcasing their open space in Walm Lane

A couple from Willesden are opening their beautiful garden to the public to raise money for charity tomorrow.

Chris and Miranda Mason moved into their home in Walm Lane 17 years ago and discovered a back yard more like a building site, full of rubble and overgrown brambles.

But nearly two decades later, the garden has been transformed into a little horticultural oasis in the heart of Willesden with beautiful trees, shrubbery, a water fountain and pond with fish.

Mr Mason said: “We started opening the garden for The National Garden Scheme in 2007, so this will be our sixth year.

“It has now become a bit of a tradition with our regular group of friends who offer their support on the day.

“It is a fantastic way to pass a really relaxing afternoon and to give people an opportunity to enjoy themselves while raising a lot of money for very worthwhile causes.

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“I don’t think either of us would have ever dreamt that the garden would be such a big part of our lives.”

The garden, at 208 Walm Lane, by the junction of Walm Lane and Exeter Road, will open on Sunday between 1pm and 7pm.

A woodwind quintet will perform between 3pm and 5pm and a Latin American duo from 5pm to 7pm, plus guest singers.

Money will be donated to charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices and Cross Roads Care.

Admission is �3.50 but children can get in free.

For more information visit www.thegardennw2.co.uk and http://www.ngs.org.uk/