The 2020 Garden Trail

Welcome to the Beeston and Chilwell Garden Trail (BCGT), which this year is going to be a little different!

For over 22 years garden owners in the Beeston/Chilwell area have opened their gardens to the public once a year to share their love of gardens and to raise money for charities, particularly local causes.

Our garden owners have used the coronavirus/lockdown as an opportunity to get their gardens looking especially tip-top and so we thought it would be a shame for our visitors to miss out, hence our ‘Virtual Trail’!

So . . . sit down with a cuppa and maybe a slice of cake (!) and visit our lovely gardens from the comfort of your own home! Please don’t rush, our virtual trail will be available for the next 4 weeks!

If you wish to support any of the charities the garden owners are supporting this year, please donate online.

Tea and cakes at 10 Audon Avenue (2019)

Next year’s BCGT will take place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June 2021 when we will be looking forward to the real thing. We are always on the lookout for new gardens so if you live in the Beeston/Chilwell area and are interested please email-

Open Gardens

Find us on the Open Gardens National Directory.

Beeston & Chilwell Garden Trail Team

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The gardens in detail

10 Audon Avenue, Chilwell

Chosen charity - click on the name to donate online: Forever Stars

Description: Small garden with Forties feel and theme


66 Audon Avenue, Chilwell

Chosen charity: Beeston Dementia Friends (BACS Sort code: 40-10-06, Account: 62477793)

Description: A long narrow garden including a large patio with raised bed and inset flower bed with a mature spreading acer. The garden area is set out in 3 different parts including a small rockery, flower bed with plants to attract bees and butterflies, heather bed, and herbaceous border.



Canalside Heritage Centre, Canal Side, Beeston

Chosen charity - click on the name to donate online: Canalside Heritage Centre

Description: Our garden is a tranquil space maintained by the community with fantastic views across the River Trent, with many different types of fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, trees and shrubs. The garden is also designed to encourage a much greater variety of insects and wildlife and we have a beautiful Apiary providing us with honey and beeswax throughout the year.


Red House, 102 Cator Lane, Chilwell

Chosen charity - click on the name to donate online: Operation Orphan

Description: The Red House is one of the historic buildings of Chilwell, built as a farmhouse for part of the Charlton estate in 1850 and extended by Watson Fothergill in 1890. The garden is arranged in ‘rooms’ around the house, and has a wonderful selection of mature trees, shrubs and flowers alongside many new additions, including a restored kitchen garden, a knot garden and a mature rose garden. We even have our own well! 

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6 Devonshire Avenue, Beeston

Chosen charity - click on the name to donate online: New Beginnings (Accessible Art for Disabled People in Beeston)

Description: A cottage-style garden with colourful herbaceous borders. We have created some different "rooms" for the family through a mixture of hard landscaping and informal planting.

21A Grasmere Road, Beeston

Chosen charity - click on the name to donate online: Hope Nottingham

Description: Mainly herbaceous garden on three levels with steps between. Two lawns to rear garden with rampaging tortoise.


30 Highgrove, Chilwell

Chosen charities - click on the name to donate online: Dementia Care and Volunteer Transport (call 0115 9699060 or email

Description: A plant collectors garden with year round colour and interest. Features include, a large white Wisteria, two ponds and a rill, native and unusual trees. Gardening with wildlife in mind. 


186 High Road, Chilwell

Chosen charity: Beeston Methodist Church (Tel: 0115 9431164 or email

Description: An eclectic garden which has evolved over the years around three sides of the house.  Cottage garden feel with an informal mixture of flowers, some fruit and a small vegetable plot with raised beds.  There is a greenhouse for growing plants from seed and growing on tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers etc.  An attack of honey fungus culminating in 2018 has destroyed a number of trees and I am taking advantage of the new space to grow more herbaceous plants before risking planting trees again. 



6 Hope Street, Beeston

Chosen charity - click on the name to donate online: Cystic Fibrosis

Description: A garden tightly packed with a wide variety of plants.   Alpines, bulbs, perennials, ferns, shrubs, trees, pond and water plants, succulents, grasses, orchids and carnivorous plants.   A subtropical greenhouse and alpine frames.    The garden is designed with the idea of providing colour for every day of the year in the form of flowers and foliage.    Wild life is encouraged particularly birds and hedgehogs.


2 Manor Avenue, Beeston

Chosen charity - click on the name to donate online: Broxtowe Women's Project

Description: A garden with a  wildlife pond which  seems to compliment our more haphazard approach to  ‘design’ and growing  of plants.  We have several mature trees and  others yet to mature.  We  have a swing that all ages can enjoy.    There is  space for  growing fruit and vegetables and a section for bee-hives that are owned and tended by the B-Man John.


91 Marlborough Road, Beeston

Chosen charity - click on the name to donate online: Toilet Twinning

Description: A plantlover's garden managed organically on a 1920s suburban plot. The garden includes mature shrubs, wildlife pond, fruit trees and vegetable area. 


2A Meadow Lane, Chilwell

Chosen charity - click on the name to donate onlineBroxtowe Refugee Fund 

Description: A small, sunny, mature, mostly walled garden featuring densely planted herbaceous perennials. The garden is an all-year-round garden so plant shapes and foliage are as important as flowers. In summer there are clematis, phlox and penstemons flowering. These are interspersed between established shrubs and two trees.


Middle Street Resource Centre, Middle Street, Beeston

Chosen charity - click on the name to donate online: Beeston Community Resource CIO

Description: Community Garden in the centre of Beeston with a surprisingly large garden in the back and side of the building. We have a wide range of plants and trees, a pond and water features. The garden is run and maintained by a fantastic group of volunteers.

60 Park Road, Beeston

Chosen charity - click on the name to donate online: Music for Everyone

Description:This garden has no lawns! The front garden is managed woodland: mature trees are underplanted with shrubs and masses of Spring flowers from snowdrops to wild garlic and bluebells. A garden room has exotic plants with all weather access to greenery. The mini vegetable patch occupies a roadside plot so gardening is frequently interrupted!
The driveway and enclosed walled flower beds lead to the ‘secret’ green and white cool garden behind the unusual house built in 1969. There are some quirky features and a range of spectacular and unusual plants. It is always a work in progress….  


94 Park Road, Beeston

Chosen charity - click on the name to donate online: Nottingham University Hospitals Charity Radiotherapy Fund

Description: Family-friendly garden, lawn and cottage-style borders. Small vegetable plot, greenhouse and secret den.


Queenswood Methodist Home, Cliffgrove Avenue, Chilwell

Chosen charity - click on the name to donate online: MHA Queenswood, Residential Care Home

Description: Residential care home garden located in a quiet neighbourhood. We have a wide selection of plants, several sitting areas, green house and a summer house. 


3 Station Villas, Beeston

Description: Built in the late 1860s, there are large gardens to both the front and rear of the house. Trees dating from this time can be found in the gardens, which have large borders containing many flowers popular in Victorian gardens. There are well-established fruit trees and a herb garden, as well as salad crops growing in the greenhouse plus a wildlife pond.


Gardens from previous year's trails

7 Grove Street, Beeston

16 Lime Grove Avenue, Beeston


We hope you have enjoyed our ‘Virtual Garden Trail’; please remember to join us in 2021!