The annual Open Garden Squares weekend, a chance to to inside lots of private gardens is also offering a chance to go inside the garden of 10 Downing Street.

As demand will be rather high for this rare opportunity, there will be a random draw ballot to allocate tickets, and the ballot opens at lunchtime tomorrow (15th March), but no need to rush, as you have until the end of April to apply.

If you win, there will be two tours on Sunday 10th June 2018.

To enter the ballot from noon tomorrow, go here.

The garden at 10 Downing Street is dominated by an open lawn of half an acre that wraps around the building. Tubs of flowers line the terrace and roses line the main pathway through the garden. Ducks have often nested there before mum and ducklings are escorted back to St James Park.

The garden has provided an informal setting for a number of significant gatherings, including the press launch for the announcement of the coalition government in May 2010, and in 2011 a barbecue for military personnel hosted by the Camerons and Obamas. The London 2012 School Games competitors also used the space for activities.

Number 10 in bloom – Crown copyright

If you don’t manage to get a ticket to the Downing Street tour, over the weekend, around 200 other gardens will also open their usually locked doors to the great unwashed, and a weekend pass costs £15, which gets you unlimited entry to as many gardens as you can fit into the weekend.

You can buy a weekend pass for 9th and 10th June here.

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