Thousands of private gardens will be open to the public over the summer holidays.

Gardens across Dorset will be part of the National Garden Scheme which gives visitors unique access to more than 3,500 exceptional private gardens across the country and raises impressive amounts of money for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support.

Dorset residents can explore Folly Farm Cottage in Uploders, Bridport, an established garden of approximately one acre with a contemporary twist.

The garden has four connecting rooms, a main lawn with borders, ornamental trees and rose bed, with far-reaching views of Eggardon Hill and the surrounding fields.

It also boasts a large pond area with mature trees, grasses, golden willow and silver pear which leads on to a natural fruit orchard, tennis court, greenhouse and mixed raised bed.

Further along, Hogchester Farm on Axminster Road, Charmouth is a 75-acre old dairy farm which will open for public viewing.

The farm has been able to preserve wild meadows and wilding areas which are filled with local flora and fauna including wild orchids, foxgloves and primroses. The farm offers something for everyone, making a great family day out.

Over the last 40 years an incredible £19 million has been raised for Macmillan from garden visits, funding more than 150 Macmillan nurses and other professionals.

National Garden SchemeNational Garden Scheme (Image: Macmillan)

Macmillan support people living with cancer as well as raising money to provide vital cancer services, research and campaign to achieve better cancer care, and support the cancer workforce.

In East Dorset, Careys Secret Garden in Wareham is a beautiful location which has remained untouched for more than 40 years.

The Victorian garden was only rediscovered in 2019 and has undergone extensive restoration to re-imagine the gardens for a modern age.

It was created with expertise in rewilding, permaculture and natural gardening, Careys is open to an intimate number of visitors each week.

Children under 16 go free in the majority of gardens and, as well as serving delicious tea and cake, some have special feature for youngsters so visiting a garden can be a great adventure for all ages.

To find more gardens which are part of the National Garden Scheme, visit: