THE gardening charity Thrive hopes to raise funds through a national throwing of garden parties this summer. ‘The idea is simple,’ says Thrive’s Sue Tiplady. ‘We’d like people to open up their gardens for their family, friends and neighbours, and raise money fo Join the great Thrive garden party r Thrive. Ask visitors for a donation, sell cakes and biscuits, and even your own garden produce. Hold a raffle or an auction, or offer activities such as face-painting or bug hunts for children.

Or just let the focus be on your wonderful garden.’ The charity, which can transform the life of a disabled or mentally ill person through gardening, has information packs (0118-988 5688; www.thrive.org.uk).

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