THE popular Rare Plant Fair returns to Quenington this Sunday, raising funds for local charity.

The stunning private gardens of The Old Rectory, Quenington near Cirencester will be opened as part of the Rare Plant Fairs programme, which is this year celebrating its 25th anniversary.

A proportion of the proceeds of the day will be donated to Cobalt, a local medical charity helping people affected by cancer, dementia and other conditions.

The Fair at Quenington is an opportunity to meet well-known and knowledgeable nurserymen and get your hands on a variety of unusual and sought after plants.

There is also the chance to look around the unique gardens.

Kirsty Bradbury, fundraising engagement officer, Cobalt said: “It’s wonderful of Lucy and David Abel-Smith to open their beautiful grounds and welcome visitors in support of Cobalt.It’s a rare opportunity to visit these fantastic gardens, buy unusual plants and get first–hand advice from growers about the plants they sell.”

The Old Rectory garden has been developed over 80 years and is run on organic lines with much of the planting created by the late Esme Bradburne, a former head gardener and founder member of the Soil Association.

There are herbaceous borders, mature trees, pool and bog gardens, as well as the large vegetable garden. The garden contains a permanent sculpture display. The grounds are set between a tranquil mill race and the River Coln adjoined by bridges and are the venue for the Fresh Air Sculpture Show.

The Rare Plant Fair runs on Sunday, April 14 from 11am-4pm.

Admission £5 per adult. Free entry for under 16’s and includes the Fair and garden (entrance payment by cash or cheque please).

Assistance dogs only. Homemade refreshments available.