Over the weekend Nine Springs and Bere Mill were open, the former raising funds for the Red Cross, and the later under the National Gardens Scheme. In order to spread the message of environmental awareness, Sir George, and the Mayor of Whitchurch John Clark and his consort Rosemary Crumplin travelled between the two gardens in energy conserving transport. Sir George went in an electric car, provided by Rob Sharpe, and John and Rosemary went in a pony and trap kindly provided by Penny Turner.
"I was lucky to be under cover, as there was some gentle rain during the journey, but we both saw some of the historic sites of Whitchurch on our journey from Graham Burgess' home at Nine Springs in The Weir and Bere Mill on the Overton side of the town.
It was generous of Mr and Mrs Rupert Nabarro to open their home under the National Gardens Scheme, and they could not have a more beautiful setting. Their home is the original Portals Mill, before it moved to Laverstoke and then to Overton."