A garden is being opened to the public in Sutton for the first time in a bid to raise money for charity.

The green space owned by Barbara and John Welch, in the Crescent, will become available next week alongside the National Garden Scheme.

Proceeds from the cakes and tea sold will go towards the Friends of Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

They said: “Opening our garden for the first time is both exciting and a little scary but raising funds for such worthy charities is what it is all about.

“We hope our visitors will enjoy pleasant surroundings, good cakes and tea, and are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather.”

The National Garden Scheme, which opens gardens across England and Wales, was first started in 1927.

Its aim is for people to open their spaces to the public in fundraising initiatives for charities, providing the access which otherwise might not be possible.

Since its foundation, more than £50 million is said to have been donated to not-for-profit causes in the UK.

The address for the garden is 40 The Crescent, Belmont, SM2 6BJ.

It will be open on June 24 from 1pm to 5pm.

For more information about the National Garden Scheme, click here.