Record-breaking crowd numbers ensured the St Michael’s Hospice Plant Fair was the most successful in its history.

The Bartestree-based charity says more than £16,000 has been raised following the annual two-day event which saw more than 1,700 people attend.

A large number of Hospice supporters had grown plants to be sold at the Fair, alongside a vast array of traders’ products and, for the first time this year, an Artisan Market.

“The Plant Fair truly is a community event, with growers, stall holders and visitors all helping contribute to its success,” said Gaynor Warren, Events and Community Fundraiser at St Michael’s.

“We couldn’t have wished for better weather on the Saturday, and to see our beautiful Hospice grounds visited by so many people was particularly special.

“One of the most endearing aspects of the Plant Fair is that it allows patients and their loved ones to stroll around the grounds, browsing the items for sale. Events like the Plant Fair provide a vital source of income which goes straight towards the care and support provided by St Michael’s.   

“I must also say a huge thank you to our event sponsors, Lyonshall Nurseries, for their continued support and dedication to the Plant Fair, and St Michael’s as a whole. It’s greatly appreciated.”    

The Fair took place in the extensive gardens of St Michael’s which are tended to by a team of volunteers.