DOZENS of gardens and allotments chock-full of edible produce will be open for browsing next month as part of a free event by Transition Stroud.

Visitors can tour some 40 gardens across the Five Valleys during two Edible Open Gardens weekends on July 7-8 and 14-15.

The sites have been selected to show off their rich stock of fruit, vegetables and herbs - as well as a handful of chicken and pig small-holdings - and gardeners will be present at each location to share their knowledge and passion for growing.

Jane Brown, an organiser of the event and Transition Stroud member said: "This is a chance to celebrate some of our wonderfully productive gardens and food growing projects in the Stroud valleys.

"We want to see if we can reach lots of people who have never grown their own produce before."

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