Prickly pals to welcome visitors this weekend

Since 1999 the village of Shelley has held a bi-annual garden festival, showcasing the many established and well-maintained gardens of village residents. This year’s festival is being held on Sunday (4th July).

Visitors will be able to visit 24 gardens of all shapes and sizes for a £5 fee which will get you a map to show you where the open gardens are located. Shelley Garden Festival raises funds for the village, with past funds being used for projects such as a portable stage, a greenhouse for a local school, and a new play area at the rec. Funds also go to charities such as the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

One of the gardens will be doing some fundraising of their own! Shelley Hedgehogs are opening their ‘doors’ to visitors and will be selling some sweet treats, the proceeds of which will help them cover the ongoing cost of running an animal rescue.

Local baker and hedgehog-enthusiast Julia Fenton has prepared some adorable hedgehog-themed cupcakes and biscuits which will be sold tomorrow at the garden festival. Visitors will be able to see some of the hedgehogs at the rescue and learn about how they are cared for and nurtured. The number of hedgehogs being brought into the rescue is constantly increasing, so this fundraising opportunity is very much welcomed!

Julia runs baking and decorating lessons via Julia’s Cake Craft Courses, so if you fancy trying your hand at creating some cute cupcakes yourself, get in touch!

Shelley Garden Festival runs from 11am to 5pm on Sunday 4th July, visitors should first head to the village hall on Huddersfield Road (HD8 8HE) to get their ticket and map.

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