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Odney Club celebrates 70 years of National Gardens Scheme Garden Openings to the Public 


(posted 18 April 2016)

with thanks to the National Garden Scheme

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS), which raises funds for nursing and health charities, made a presentation to staff at the Odney Club on Friday 15th April to celebrate the 70th year of the Odney Club opening its garden to the public . Over the years, the John Lewis Partnership which owns the Odney Club has donated over 32,000 to the National Gardens Scheme and its beneficiary charities from funds raised at NGS garden open days.

The Sundial Award

In appreciation, Heather Skinner, Berkshire County Organiser & NGS Deputy Chairman, presented a specially engraved NGS Sundial to the garden team at the Odney Club. Heather said '  ''It is a great pleasure to thank all the partners at the Odney Club who have made such a wonderful contribution to the National Gardens Scheme. I would like to add my particular thanks to Uel Magowan, whose commitment and hard work for more than 25 years has been a key factor in enabling so many visitors to come and enjoy the beautiful gardens, whilst raising valuable funds for the NGS nursing charities and the local Thames Valley Adventure playground. ''

Presentation of the Sundial from the NGS to the Odney Club

Heather Skinner is pictured making the sundial presentation to the garden team.


Amongst those receiving the sundial on behalf of the Odney Club was Nick Baker, Estates Manager Annd Uel Macgowan, Head Gardener 

In the greenhouse image Uel is pictured with Cathie Davies, NGS Assistant County Organiser.


Uel and Cathie in the Greenhouse

The Odney Club will be opening its garden for the NGS on Sunday 24th April


Tulip and Wallflower Border

The 2016 edition of Gardens To Visit, (formerly called The Yellow Book) listing opening details of nearly 3800 gardens, is now available to purchase from the NGS website

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