A FUND-RAISING event will see a nationally-renowned gardener give a talk in Northumberland next month.

Susie White, a columnist for national newspaper The Guardian, will speak to members of the public at Cobridge Parish Hall on July 23 in an event to raise money for Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Northumberland branch, of which she is a life member.

The talk, entitled My Life in Gardens, will discuss Susie’s decades of horticultural knowledge, which has resulted in eight books and numerous television appearances, and saw her run the two-acre, 18th century Chesters Walled Garden, near Chollerford, for 23 years.

When the garden closed, Susie created a new private garden from scratch at her Northumbrian cottage, which she has used as the basis for many of her articles and which has been seen on BBC’s Gardeners’ World.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to the talk and the chance to discuss all things gardening with people who share the same passions and enthusiasms as I do.

“It should be a really enjoyable night and it will all be for a good cause because Campaign to Protect Rural England Northumberland is part of a national countryside charity which protects and preserves our green spaces for ourselves and for future generations, something I feel strongly about.”