Ashton under Hill Open Gardens
Cotswold gardens nestling at the foot of Bredon Hill
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2019
from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day
Picture by Steve Gledhill
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. To find us with your Sat Nav please use the postcode WR11 7SW. More directions here or see a map here
Our theme for 2019
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Not Long To This Year's Event
Group discounts still available!
We are looking forward to welcoming visitors old and new to this year's annual Open Gardens event here in Ashton under Hill on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June.
We will have 25 gardens open from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day, including the very special Bredon Hill Academy garden. There will be a further 8 front gardens to be viewed from the pavement. As usual there will be a fantastic array of stalls, great food options with sandwiches in the village hall, ploughman’s and cream teas in the marquee which will be at 'Lammas Hay', just up from St Barbara’s church this year. We'll also have a tempting Gardeners' Raffle, so please come and join us: you'll be sure of a warm reception in Ashton!
The Lost Words
This year's theme for our Open Gardens weekend is The Lost Words a beautiful book of enchanting poems crafted by Robert MacFarlane and local artist Jackie Morris. The book illustrates words like 'dandelion', 'otter' and 'bramble' that have been removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary to make way for new popular words such as 'hashtag' and 'broadband'.
10 gardens will each have one of the Lost Words hidden in them, and searching for them will form the basis of this year's Treasure Hunt for children. There will also be an exhibition in St Barbara's Church based on the book, its illustrations and the work that children in both local schools have been doing on this topic. Copies of the book will be on sale at the church over the Open Gardens weekend.
Discounts for Group Bookings
Generous discounts are still available for groups of 10 or more if booked by Friday 24 May, so if you'd like to make arrangements to bring a party to our event, or would just like to know more, please Contact Us
Alternatively, you can download a Group Booking Request and then return it to us at the address on the form. We'd love to hear from you!
Admission, Parking, Refreshments, Plant Sales
Admission prices remain unchanged from last year: adults and seniors £6.00, under 16s free. Tickets are valid both days.
All parking is free, and designated Disabled Parking spaces are available. Coach and minibus parking is also free but needs to be booked in advance - please Contact Us. There's also a regular complimentary shuttle bus service around the village, available on a first-come first-served basis. Well-behaved dogs are very welcome, but do please check with individual garden owners who may be animal owners themselves.
Ploughman's lunches and cream teas will be served in our refreshment marquee from midday; there will also be tea and cakes in the Village Hall, ice creams, and a full menu in our village pub The Star Inn. Don't forget we will also have a wide range of quality crafts and plants on sale.
There will of course be the photographic competition again this year with, new for 2019, a special class for young photographers who have a chance to win a copy of The Lost Words book.
In a very exciting and extremely popular competition in 2018 we had 87 photographs entered from 20 different photographers. Choosing a winner was very difficult but after long deliberation the committee chose Amber Bankes’ photo (above right) which they felt best embodied both the 2018 theme of 'Nature in the Garden' and fulfilled the criterion of the most original and unusual photograph.
The really exciting thing about the 2018 photographic competition was the number of young entrants with some really stunning photographs. This is reflected in the two runners up who it turns out are both under the age of 16. The first runner up was Megan Davies’ lovely upward shot of a field of daisies against a grey sky – difficult to find on this year's Open Gardens weekend. The second runner up was Jacob Bennet’s clever picture of the old telephone box in front of the Old Posthouse with poppies in the foreground.
We also ended up selecting five other photographs for special commendation, one each from Amber and Megan’s other entries, one by another young photographer, Becky and one by Debbie Jones. The final 'Highly Commended' entry was the very unusual collage of photographs from the weekend by Kathy Evans. Congratulations to them all.
Please see the column on the right for copies of all the runners-up and also the highly commended pictures. Click on each of them to see a larger version.
Over 1200 Visitors
In two very busy days over the weekend of 9 and 10 June, our 2018 Ashton under Hill Open Gardens event attracted over 1200 visitors, an increase of almost 20% over 2017. From feedback we've received they clearly enjoyed browsing the 24 gardens and other attractions in perfect warm and sunny weather. They also appreciated the efforts of Ashton's gardeners in putting on a good show, coupled with the warm and friendly hospitality of our village.
If you were one of our 2018 visitors, thank you for your support, we hope to see you again this year. If you were one of the garden owners, or one of the myriad of willing helpers, thank you for helping to create such a worthwhile and successful 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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2018 Photographic Competition
The winning entry
by Amber Bankes
Runner-up: Megan Davies
Runner-up: Jacob Bennet
Highly Commended: Amber Bankes
Highly Commended: Megan Davies
Highly Commended: Becky
Highly Commended: Debbie Jones
Highly Commended: Kathy Evans