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Fife Diamond Garden Festival

After a rainy launch at Cambo Estate, near St Andrews, Fife Diamond Garden Festival, in aid of AICR and Scotland's Gardens charities including Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, ended in blazing sunshine. 

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Over the weekend 12 gardens across the region, from Aberdour to Auchtermuchty, were open to the public for the festival, the first Scotland's Gardens event of its kind. Many hundreds of visitors, from all over the UK and as far afield as Japan, sampled the delights of a range of beautiful gardens, from cottages to stately homes. Most had travelled specially for the event and some booked accommodation locally so that they could make the most of the opportunity to visit all the gardens open during the weekend. 

The event, which was previewed on BBC 2’s ‘Beechgrove Garden’ programme last week, is expected to raise well over the £16,500 already received through pre-sold tickets and a mega plant sale at Barham, the Howe of Fife home of Sir Robert and Lady Spencer Nairn.

One of the highlights of the weekend was a community Jubilee tea party in the grounds of St Leonards School in St Andrews. Home baking and music from local schoolchildren attracted crowds of people onto the lawn where a marquee, gazebos and bunting added to the party atmosphere. Local MP Sir Menzies Campbell, who opened the event at Cambo Estate, near St Andrews on the Friday, returned on Sunday to plant a commemorative Jubilee tree in the grounds of St Leonards. 

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