We always kept the gate open, the one that goes through the pergola and into the garden. It was laziness and convenience especially when pushing a wheelbarrow loaded with compost (going in) or weeds and trimmings (coming out). But after much discussion about trying to get our garden visitors to put money in the donation box we thought this simple solution might make a difference.

This Easter weekend was our first open days this year and I’m delighted to say that it looks like we’ve taken more in donations than we would have normally. The gate is a definite barrier, it means people don’t drift or sidle into the garden without paying. Maybe they feel more exposed while fishing around in purses and wallets or maybe we’ve had a good bunch of people who understand how important it is to donate the entrance fee for the National Garden Scheme.

So, for now, we will try to remember to shut that gate.

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