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Open Garden Fundraiser
An SBS member from Oxfordshire, Amanda Cooper, and her husband Robert, opened their garden to visitors again once Lockdown restrictions were eased this year.
As part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS), all proceeds raised from the entrance fee to gardens in the scheme are donated to cancer charities.
As in previous years, when Amanda and Robert opened their garden with NGS, they chose to ask visitors for donations to SongBird Survival for the tea and tasty cakes Amanda made for the occasion.
Amanda describes her garden "A country garden which runs down to a tiny tributary of the
Evenlode, ours is dominated by huge willow trees (on which I saw a treecreeper not long ago). We have completely replanted the garden since 2006, all on a slope with mossy old farmyard walls and the occasional apple tree".
Over the years Amanda and Robert have raised over fantastic £500 for SBS from the tea and cake donations, and despite the very different circumstances for all social events this year, we were so pleased to hear the visitors to Amanda's garden gave generously to our cause and raised a wonderful £200!
Talking about their open garden days, Amanda said "It's only the two of us and with a limited budget, so we do what we can, and people seem to appreciate it. I don't charge for teas, but just ask for donations to SongBird Survival to which folk are more than generous".
Amanda has been developing her garden since 2006, with a natural winding stream running through the cottage garden it is a haven for wildlife including many garden birds.
Amanda is passionate about helping birdlife, and as a member of SBS she knows how much we depend on the generous donations and fundraising efforts of our members to continue the much-needed research into the decline of songbirds.
We are all extremely grateful here at SBS to Amanda and Robert for their continued support and wonderful efforts to fundraise for us!