MP visits Hole Park Gardens

Owner Edward Barham was pleased to welcome Ashford MP Damian Green to his home and renowned gardens at Hole Park on Friday 25 June, as part of the publicity surrounding the Kent Big Weekend initiative.

Hole Park MP Damian Green
Hole Park MP Damian Green

This Visit Kent scheme encourages venues and destinations to provide free tickets which have now been awarded by a ballot.

Hole Park has offered 60 free tickets for visitors who are coming from across the county and beyond during their open days in July.

Edward comments: “despite being one of Kent’s longest standing tourist attractions, first open 93 years ago, we remain a well-hidden gem and initiatives like this allow us to reach out to an audience that might not naturally know or find Hole Park. It is also an opportunity to provide free entry to a wide range of recipients after 16 very difficult months of the pandemic.”

MP Damian Green was able to hear about the success of the 2021 season so far, which has seen good numbers visiting Hole Park Garden during staycation Britain. He was impressed by the colourful long borders and meadows with orchids and other native wildflowers. Edward also talked about the Cornus kousa ‘chinensis’ (pictured above) which is in full flower at this time of year as well as discussing how the garden has changed over the years since the MP first visited and before he was first elected to the Ashford constituency.

Hole Park is open to visitors daily until July when it opens on Wednesday and Thursdays throughout the remaining summer months

Admission is £9 for adults and £1 for children.

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