MORE than 150 people visited TWIGS Community Gardens for its summer open day.

Therapeutic Work In Gardens in Swindon hosted live music and plant sales for guests who could explore the two acres of land the Cheney Manor charity calls home or relax with a cuppa.

Talis Kimberley, ukelele band The Pluck and the acoustic duo of twins Billie and Louie performed yesterday.

Talis said: “This place is good for the soul.”

Billie Hughes said: “Our grandma liked taking our grandad here because he always enjoyed being in the gardens but we'd never been to them before. It's nice to get involved and do something to help, we would love to do more events here."

Keen gardeners snapped up bird boxes and fairy gardens made by TWIGS members and looked around the Japanese Garden, Physics Garden, beehives and wildflower haven.

TWIGS deputy manager Julie Jackson said: “This is a celebration of summer and it's nice to share our gardens with the public, that's what we are all about.

"We had a rush of people in the morning and then it calmed down a bit in the afternoon, it was a really good day. Tomatoes, perennials and dahlias were popular, kids loved the fairy gardens and the hand-made items sold really well because they showed the creativity and care of our users."

Phil Harrison used the charity during a low point in his life and is now one of its ambassadors. He said: "It was a lovely day, the gardens were packed and I talked to people about how TWIGS changed my life."