THE public will have the chance to enjoy the beautiful gardens and stunning riverside views of Lower Bemerton on Sunday.

Eleven gardens, ranging in size from cottage gardens to large gardens bordering the water meadows will be open along Lower Road.

St John’s Church will be open for teas and a plant sale and there will also be a scarecrow competition, judged by Mayor of Salisbury Jo Broom, with entries displayed in the gardens, at Bemerton Recreation Ground and in St John’s churchyard.

A new feature this year is a display of works by local artists in the gardens.

This neighbourly event is raising money to convert St John’s Church in Lower Bemerton into a community centre.

Gardens Open Sunday takes place on Sunday, June 15 from 2pm to 5pm. Cost of admission to all gardens is £5 and teas, jams, plants and garden tools will be for sale.