Beeston Open Gardens was set up in 2005/2006 by a group of enthusiastic gardeners in the village. The rationale behind the idea was to encourage greater community spirit within the village. A committee of ten volunteers was set up and a constitution drawn up. The first Open Gardens afternoon took place on the second Sunday in June 2006, proving to be a success. The money raised covered the annual Public Liability Insurance, with the remainder of the funds donated to charities.
Following this success the event has continued to take place each year thanks to enthusiastic, committed volunteers. Between 2006 and 2011 over £3000 has been donated to community projects within the village plus local and national charities. When it became necessary for large trees around the green to be felled (due to safety reasons) money from the event was used to have the trunks carved into wonderful animal shapes providing seating areas. Other projects to enhance the village have included planters with their colourful displays, which are changed twice a year, picnic tables, tables and chairs for use by all Beeston groups plus the setting up of a website for Beeston Open Gardens. An ongoing project is the possible development of a Community Orchard which will benefit future residents of Beeston.
Each year the committee look for new gardens to add to the list, which keeps the event interesting and vibrant. Residents are asked to open their gardens on alternate years. All residents of Beeston are eligible to serve on the committee, elections are held each year at the Annual General Meeting, usually in July. Committee meetings are held approximately once a month for a couple of hours in the evening. Volunteers to help on the actual day of the Open Gardens are always welcome.