Ashton under Hill Open Gardens
Cotswold gardens nestling in the shadow of Bredon Hill
Next event: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June 2016
Picture by Jo Brown
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The picturesque village of Ashton under Hill is situated in the south of the county of Worcestershire, England, at the eastern end of Bredon Hill and overlooking the Vale of Evesham. Bredon Hill and Ashton are in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The northern Cotswold hills are close at hand and nearby towns include Evesham, Pershore, Broadway and Tewkesbury. Formerly part of the county of Gloucestershire, Ashton under Hill is now in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire.
Ashton under Hill is just west of the A46 between Evesham and Tewkesbury, about 5 miles south of Evesham and near to junction 9 of the M5 motorway. Please use the postcode WR11 7SW to find us with your Sat Nav. More directions here or see a map here
2016 will be the 39th year of our annual Open Gardens weekend, which continues to grow in popularity and often now attracts well over a thousand visitors over the two days.
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One of the sumptuous flower displays in the church
One of Ashton's woodland gardens
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Our Open Gardens Weekend in Ashton under Hill has now finished for another year. Over the two days, around 850 visitors came to Ashton to see 24 varied and colourful cottage and country gardens, enjoy views of the Cotswolds and Bredon Hill, sample cream teas, homemade cakes or the delights of our village pub. Many of them also took away high quality plants and craft gifts, all at very reasonable prices.
We would like to thank all of our visitors, including those who braved the rain on Saturday, for their support and encouragement; all of your comments are very much appreciated.
After our successful Open Gardens weekend in June, we were able to distribute a surplus among village organisations once all necessary costs had been covered. £5000 was shared between the village church, St Barbara's, for its current project to install a toilet in the church, and the Village Community Centre for maintaining and improving facilities at the Village Hall, Playground and Playing Field. The Community Centre also plans to invest in a new marquee for village events, including for Open Gardens in 2016! Smaller donations were made towards pupil gardening projects at Ashton First School and Bredon Hill Middle School, as well as to Ashton WI and Ashton Guides.
Our Feedback Questionnaire Prize Draw winner was Mr Paul Rabone from Sutton Coldfield; he receives a £25 Garden Gift Voucher.
Over 100 volunteers
Huge thanks are also due to everyone involved in organising and staging Ashton under Hill Open Gardens. Thanks to all of our garden owners, programme and plant sellers, exhibition minders and flower arrangers, stall holders, minibus drivers, tea servers, cake makers and everyone on car parking and point duty, or tidying up afterwards. Ashton’s Open Gardens is successful because of the generous and willing efforts of over 100 volunteers who help to make it a truly community event.
Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
By singing: "Oh, how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade (Rudyard Kipling)
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Busy Plant Stalls
Our First Aider on standby!
Fred Archer at Stanley Farm in 1973.
We celebrated Fred's life in our main exhibition in 2015
(picture copyright Fred Archer Trust)
Guardian of the Middle School's plot
Roses and Thatch
Mellow stone in St Barbara's Churchyard
Photos by David Hunter, Isabel Brown Jeremy King and Jo Brown
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