SEE around 25 gardens at Cerne Abbas Open Gardens on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 from 2pm to 6pm.

Floral displays, hedge sculptures and manicured lawns can be enjoyed in abundance.

Money raised will go to both village recipients and external recipients - the Cerne Watermeadow Trust and the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.

Bob Foulser, one of the event organisers, said open gardens gives people a chance to see this historic village from perspectives unavailable at any other time.

He said: "Additionally owners are around to provide insight as to how they use their garden and give information on plants. Several of the gardens have benefitted from the input of Nick Wiliams-Ellis, gold medal winner at Chelsea and Hampton Court. The plant stall has excellent quality and value plants and is manned by enthusiastic helpers from the village horticultural society; remarkably, several visitors say that they come every year just to be able to buy plants here."

The gardens are very varied, ranging from the very small gardens attached to modern houses to larger ones, largely hidden from view, behind more historic houses.

Included is an ancient watermeadow which has been carefully renovated to provide a landscape garden for some residents.

Admission is £7 or £10 for a two day ticket. It's free for children. There's a free car park and teas will be served in St Mary's Church.