A rare chance to visit a sculpture not normally open to the general public is taking place for charity next weekend.

As part of the charity’s garden scheme, The Woodland Sculpture Gardens at Salena Stamps, near Helston, is normally open by appointment only, but will be hosting an open day on Sunday, May 19 between 11am and 5pm.

The garden is the creation of artist and carver Peter Boex and features more than 50 individual sculptures in both wood and stone, developed over a 20 year period.

Set amongst four acres of mixed woodlands, art and garden lovers alike can enjoy a relaxing experience as well as refreshments and cake.

Entry is by donation and all proceeds will go to the Merlin MS Centre, which provides therapy and support to people living with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions.

It is one of a number of private and public gardens in Cornwall that will be opening their gates this summer to raise funds for Cornwall’s only purpose-built therapy centre of its kind.

Now in its third year, the Merlin MS Centre Open Garden Scheme for 2019 will also include May Tree Gardens, St Austell (May 26); Lanlivery Garden Trail, Lanlivery (June 30); Trenarth Gardens, Constantine(September 8); and Pencarey Gardens, St Teath (September 8).

Lucy Chappell, community fundraiser for the charity, said: “We are delighted to have had such a wonderful selection of gardens for visitors to enjoy. We are really grateful to those green-fingered gardeners for letting others enjoy all their hard work, which I am sure inspire others to make the most of their gardens – however big or small.

“We would love to have some more gardens to participate so if anyone would like to join us please get in touch soon.”

Full details including times and entry prices can be found by contacting Lucy on 01726 885530 or emailing lucy@merlinmscentre.org.uk, as well as on the Merlin MS Centre Facebook page under ‘events’.