THE gardens of Middlewick House in Corsham will be open to the public again this summer, raising money for the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust and Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Airbase Appeal.

The estate, which is now home to Nick Mason of Pink Floyd fame and his wife, actress Annette Lynton Mason, was formerly owned by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

The proceeds from the open gardens will be split between the two local charities. This will be the fourth year running that the couple have welcomed people in to raise money for charity.

Nick Mason said: “Annette and I are really looking forward to opening our garden again – it’s a really great way of supporting two of our favourite and enormously worthy local charities. Our visitors seem to enjoy the experience and it gives us a really good excuse to tidy the garden and polish the odd car!”

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens, as well as the chance to see the collection of wild animals. One of Bath’s leading fine art sculptors, Alan Dunn, will be showcasing some of his pieces and there will be a variety of stalls selling unique gifts and plants.

Cakes will be available along with other refreshments and a barbecue.

Jennie Shaw, director of The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, said: “This will be the fourth year Mr and Mrs Mason have supported local charities, they have raised over £60,000. It’s a super weekend which thousands of people have attended. I do hope you can join us.”

Cheryl Johnson, head of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Airbase Appeal, said: “We are so grateful to Nick and Annette Mason. Our Airbase Appeal is raising the remaining £1.25 million needed to complete the building and equipping of our new airbase at Semington, near Melksham. Funds raised at the open gardens event will enable us to save lives for many more years to come, operating from our custom-built new airbase.”

The event on June 10-11 runs from 11am-4.30pm. Entry will cost £7 and the event is free to children under 12.