MUCKHART'S Open Gardens returned last month with more than 300 people estimated to have visited over the two days.

The weather was perfect for a stroll around the beautiful gardens in the area, with all money raised going to a number of good causes.

Alison Peden's garden was one of those open to the public and she was absolutely thrilled with the attendance over the weekend.

She said: "We reckoned there was over 300 visitors over the two days, which was brilliant; we think it was one of the best years.

"I think people were very keen to just get out [with] the weather and the lifting of restrictions, it wasn't just locals, it was people who had travelled."

Money raised is given to Scotland Gardens' charities and a portion goes to local causes too.

Alison continued: "Scotland Gardens have some nominated charities and we have two local causes that we give to, so we gave to the Coronation Hall in Muckhart and we give to Muckhart Primary School.

"I think they will both get about £600 each which is brilliant."

After another successful weekend, with people enjoying the weather, the gardens and raising money for some worthwhile causes, Alison wished to thank everyone who attended.

She added: "It was lovely to see people who had travelled specifically for the gardens, I hope everybody enjoyed it.

"We had such a variety of gardens, I think we had nine in total and they were all quite different so I think it was a good day out."

Sheila Fisher helped to organise the event and was delighted with the footfall across the gardens.

She said: "It was fabulous, the weather helped, that's always the greatest draw.

"We raised just over £2,000."