Ashton under Hill Open Gardens

Cotswold gardens nestling in the shadow of Bredon Hill

Next event: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June 2016

from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day

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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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Back on Track Chiropractic

01386 72546

Beckford Silk

01386 881507

Beckford Stores

01386 881248

BHGS Ltd, Floral Sales

01386 444109

GLB Services, Central Heating Installation and Maintenance

01386 871777

Anthony Halling Garden Machinery

01386 858713

Hillers Garden and Plant Centre

01789 772771

Holloway Farm House B&B

01386 881910

Hoo House Nursery

01684 293389

Indy Enabled Living

01386 443857

Keyscape Landscape Design and Construction

01386 462790

L&L Installations

0800 592946

Meadows Farm Shop

01684 293389

The Old Post House & Barn Holiday Accommodation

01386 882466

Overbury Estate and Farms

01386 725111

 PAS Landscapes

01386 883473

Rails End Nursery

01386 881884

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The Acupuncture Clinic

01386 725461

Severn Seating

01684 594164

T.A.Spry Landscape Gardener

01684 773089

The Star Inn, Ashton under Hill

01386 881325

The Vale Group

01386 765959

Tallis Amos Group

01386 48600

Toddington Garden Centre

01242 621314

The Vale Group

01386 765959

Village Green Kitchens and Bathrooms

01386 852152

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Happy and Glorious!

The nation will be celebrating the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in June 2016, and Ashton Open Gardens will echo that theme with some colourful displays and exhibitions in St Barbara’s Church and in the gardens themselves. Why  not come along and join in the fun on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June 2016, from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day?

Discounts for Advance Group Bookings

We will again be offering the incentive of a 20% discount on the normal adult entry to Ashton Open Gardens, for pre-booked parties of 10 or more.  For parties of 20 or more, we also provide one free entry. You can download a Group Booking Request Form here, or Contact Us for more information. Advance bookings must be finalised by Friday 27 May 2016 to qualify for the discount.

Thank you

Over the two days of our 2015 event, 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.

Fund-raising success

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 received 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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Warm thatch in the sunshine

Busy Plant Stalls

Our First Aider on standby!

Calm reflections

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

unless otherwise stated