It’s for Dogs Unite, a campaign by the national charity Guide Dogs, to raise support for the 4,700 canny canines who make a life changing difference to blind people in the UK. Sponsored walks will be taking place all around the country.
Guide dogs Cherrie and Pete (seen above in his fetching blue collar) came into the garden recently with their owners to check out the special route for the walk – and as you can imagine they found more to see and sniff than you can shake a stick at.
Gardener Tracy Jones says: “We’re delighted to be hosting this event for Guide Dogs and I’m really looking forward to a fun and successful night. I hope to see some of our regular dog walkers and meet some new faces too. The famous Laburnum Arch will be at its best at the beginning of June which will be an added bonus for anyone coming along to support the charity.”
Bodnant Garden recently opened its gates to dogs and now welcomes walkers every Wednesday night in summer (May to August) and in winter all day on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
We know that dogs play a special part in people’s lives and many visitors tell us it means a great deal to them to be able to bring their whole family with them when they visit the garden. Tracy has been the driving force behind our new dogs-welcome policy, which has gained alot of support from dog owners, both locals and those coming from further afield – among them well known plantswoman and broadcaster Christine Walkden, who recently tweeted us saying: “I love it when I can bring my dog along. Keep making dog people happy!”
Of course guide dogs play an even greater role in their owners’ lives, which makes out June 4 evening walkies a bit special. The event starts at 5pm until 8pm with last entry at 7.30pm. As a special thank every furry fundraiser receives a special doggy goody bag. The kiosk in The Dell will be open on the night serving refreshments for visitors and their dogs.
Entry to the garden is free if you are registered for the event – or if you are a National Trust member. For more details call the garden on 01492 650460. Or you can register for the event by calling 0845 600 6787 or at the website http://www.dogsunite.org.uk