Chesterfield couple open secret tropical garden to visitors in support of African twin-town's nursery school

A Chesterfield couple will open their secret garden to the public.

Richard and Sharon Smithson in their garden at Hawksley Avenue, Newbold
Richard and Sharon Smithson in their garden at Hawksley Avenue, Newbold

Richard and Sharon Smithson, of 70 Hawksley Avenue, Newbold, have spent two decades transforming land hidden away at the back of their house into a tropical paradise complete with banana plants, bamboos and gunnera.

They will be welcoming visitors on August 13, from 12 noon until 4pm. Refreshments will be available.

Admission is £3 with all proceeds going to support a kindergarten in Chesterfield’s twin town Tsumeb in Namibia which their friend Derek Sherratt helped to build.