Garden party came up smelling of roses

The organisers of the Friends of Tring Church’s summer fundraiser surely drew a sigh of relief after the morning of the highly-anticipated day dawned bright and sunny – perfect weather for drifting from one perfectly-manicured garden to another.

Their Great British Garden Party extravaganza certainly bloomed, as it was revealed that the day raised more than £2,700.

Richard Boarder in the garden at Noddfa, Christchurch Road, Tring

Richard Boarder in the garden at Noddfa, Christchurch Road, Tring

The funds will go towards preserving what many will agree is the heart of Tring – St Peter and St Paul’s Church on the High Street.

Under blue skies and plentiful sunshine, garden owners warmly welcomed visitors into their homes, beginning with bacon butties in Christchurch Road, courtesy of Richard Boarder.

Homemade cakes and biscuits followed with David and Margaret Gittings, before a trip to a more unusual type of garden – aboard a narrowboat named Griffin, where Mac and Charlie Dodge offered visitors a Tring Brewery pint aboard their floating home.

The drinks kept flowing before Grahame Senior – the Friends’ honorary president – and wife Prue catered a three-course al fresco lunch, with a visit from ‘Lucky’ the resident peacock who often makes the trip from the grounds at the nearby Pendley Manor Hotel.

David and Margaret Gittings in the garden at their home on Mortimer Hill, Tring

David and Margaret Gittings in the garden at their home on Mortimer Hill, Tring

Musical recitals, allotment tours and craft displays were on the bill and were enjoyed by many as the sun stayed put for the day.

The event was rounded off by the unmistakable scent of the great British barbecue, coupled with summer wine.

Organiser Grahame Senior said that the turnout was excellent, with many people buying tickets on the day.

Visitors praised the ‘safari’ format – meandering from garden to garden – and many asked if next year’s date had already been set.

Resident peacock 'Lucky' in Grahame and Prue Senior's garden at their home on Grove Road, Tring

Resident peacock 'Lucky' in Grahame and Prue Senior's garden at their home on Grove Road, Tring

The Friends have been responsible for many of the recent repairs on the building, including the re-gilding of the clock face and repairs to the porch roof.

For more information, visit www.fotch.co.uk.

Husband and wife Grahame and Prue Senior in their garden at their home on Grove Road, Tring

Husband and wife Grahame and Prue Senior in their garden at their home on Grove Road, Tring

Mac and Charlie Dodge with their garden on board their narrowboat, Griffin, at Bulbourne near Tring.

Mac and Charlie Dodge with their garden on board their narrowboat, Griffin, at Bulbourne near Tring.