THE green-fingered among Steeple Ashton's residents and neighbouring villages enjoyed the sunshine on Sunday as they explored gardens around the village at its annual open garden event.

There were a total of 15 gardens open to the public spread out across the village which people could explore for the price of £5.

Money raised from the event will be handed to the village church, St Mary’s.

Parish council clerk Leon Karas said: “The village was very full all day despite the rain and there were some wonderful gardens on display, as ever.

“It’s a great event as it opens the village up for people to visit and of course because of the charitable aspect.”

Gardens ranged from large ones of several acres, including Ashton House and The Manor, to small courtyard gardens.

There was a plant stall on the village green, cream teas, a children's competition and Pimms served at the Longs Arms pub.

The village's award-winning community-owned shop also operated with extended opening hours for the day.

Chief organiser Gina Manning said there was "something for everyone" on show from vegetable patches to flower beds.