WIGAN and Leigh Hospice’s gardens will be celebrated on Sunday, July 15.

The event, which is part of the National Gardens Scheme, will be welcoming green-fingered fans into the Hindley hospice’s base on Kildare Street from 10am to 4pm.

The gardens have colourful flower beds at the front and behind the hospice with three ponds and a Chinese bridge donated by the Whitworth Art Gallery.

The site’s Dedicate A Daisy memorial garden will be on display and there are two courtyards to explore.

The gardens are a wildlife haven as they are next to Amberswood Common.

The Amberswood Retreat, which is in development, will also be on show.

The hospice was recently awarded £6,941 from the Big Lottery Fund to create the retreat.

Chief executive of the hospice, Dr Alan Baron, said: “The gardens at the hospice are so important to our patients and visitors.

"They are a place where they can spend time together in a beautiful and peaceful space and we are very proud of them.

“We are looking forward to welcoming people from our community and I’m sure they will be surprised by how much there is to see and discover.”

The National Open Gardens Scheme is made up of more than 3,700 private gardens open for charity every year.

Entry for the event is £3 per person which can be paid for at the entrance.