ABOUT 200 people visited a secret garden behind one of York’s historic churches at the weekend.

St Wilfrid’s Church, in Duncombe Place, held an open garden and plant sale on Saturday.

The church is home to a hidden garden with unique views of the Minster, and for the first time in the open day’s three year history, plants from the garden were on sale to visitors.

This raised more than £200 for church funds.

Phil Metcalfe, who helps maintain the garden, said: “It was a really good day, the best open day we’ve had.

“It was a nice sunny day, and we had a lot of positive feedback.

“The garden has been included in a new guide book and I think that has helped.”

He added: “A lot of people don’t know the garden is there.”

The church is holding an open garden and strawberry tea event on July 14, from noon to 4pm.