VISITORS flocked to two picturesque Cotswold gardens which open their gates to the public for a North Cotswold Rotary club fundraiser.

Nearly £800 was raised at the events at Eyford House in Upper Slaughter and Abbotswood near Stow for End Polio Now and local charities.

The Heber-Percy Charitable Trust also made a generous donation to one of the charities supported by North Cotswolds Rotary, Read Easy Cotswolds.

"I joined Rotary to make a difference," said Rotarian and retired medical professor Michael Orme.

"And Rotary's 'End Polio Now' campaign which began in 1979 has made a huge difference to the lives of millions of people.

"Polio has been eliminated from most countries of the world but persists in several countries where regular vaccination of children remains a challenge. Funds are needed to continue the fight to rid the world of this terrible disease."

Visitors enjoyed tea and delicious cakes prepared by Phyllis Andrews and a team of Rotary wives.

Incoming club president Hugh Collins added: “We is most grateful to the owners of Eyford House and Abbotswood for allowing North Cotswolds Rotary Club to organise garden open days for charity at two such beautiful locations.

“Visitors were treated to a spectacular display of colour with summer borders at their very best”.