Opening and closing times for the Christmas Period
From Saturday 21st Dec - 2nd Jan the Gardens will open at 0900 and close at 1600.
The gardens will be closed completely on 25th, 26th December and 1st January.
As a small independent charity AHET has to rely principally on income it can generate from the business in the House to enable us to keep the Gardens free at point of entry for the public. With the funding stream from the National Lottery Heritage Fund now ceased, we have to use wisely our available funds raised from the business to create the maximum impact for users of the Gardens.
The overhead for running the Gardens is over £5,000 per month, and access to the Gardens by the public generates no direct income. We are most grateful to those Gardens users that make donations, currently regular donors contribute a small percentage of the actual cost therefore over 80% of the Gardens overhead has to be generated from the business. To maximise the Gardens opening times during our busiest periods in the summer months, we have taken the decision to make some savings on staffing during the quieter winter months, to achieve this we will be shortening the opening hours and closing on public holidays over the Christmas period. Normal advertised opening hours will resume on 2 January 2020.