Ashton under Hill Open Gardens
Cotswold gardens nestling in the shadow of Bredon Hill
Next event: Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 June 2015
Cottage gardens in the sunshine in Ashton under Hill
Picture by Isabel 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
2015 will be the 38th 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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Enjoying the swiming pond in one of the gardens
A glimpse of the church
Taking in the view
One of the sumptuous flower displays in the church
One of Ashton's woodland gardens
Visit our friends at
Usk Open Gardens
Ashbee Bed and Breakfast
Anthony Halling Garden Machinery
Sarah Jane Smith
The Acupuncture Clinic
T.A.Spry Landscape Gardener
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Planning for 2015
We're already well into preparations for our 2015 event which will be on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June. We expect to have over 20 gardens open for you to see, from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day, plus all the usual attractions.
The Life of Fred Archer
In 2015 we will be marking the centenary of the birth of the much-loved country author Fred Archer, who was born in Ashton and lived here for much of his life. For over thirty years Fred entertained his readers with tales of country life in and around the Vale of Evesham, and we are planning a special exhibition about Fred’s time as a farmer, his writings, and his many published books. Click here for more details about Fred's life and works.
20% Discount for Advance Bookings
We are pleased to offer an advance booking rate of just £4.00 per person (a discount of 20% on the normal adult price) for parties of 10 or more. Children under 16 may visit free of charge. We also offer the extra incentive of one free ticket if your booking is for 20 people or more. If you would like to bring a party to our Open Gardens event in 2015, we do ask that you register that interest as soon as possible. Please Contact Us
Fund-raising success in 2014
After our successful Open Gardens weekend in June 2014, we were able to distribute a surplus among village organisations. £6000 was shared between the village church, St Barbara's, for urgent roof repairs and the Village Community Centre for maintaining and improving facilities at the Village Hall, Playground and Playing Field. Smaller donations were made towards garden projects at the two local schools, to the WI and Guides.
Thank you to the hundreds of visitors who came to Ashton under Hill over the weekend of 7 and 8 June 2014 for our 37th annual Open Gardens weekend. Apart from one brief shower we were blessed with fine, sunny weather - not entirely what the weather forecasters would have had us believe.
Thank you too to the hundreds of helpers, from garden owners to those who served teas, those who washed up, drove the minibus, supervised traffic or car parking, sold plants or any one of the dozens of other jobs which were part of making the event such a success.
You can see pictures of our 2014 event here.
Congratulations to the winners of our feedback questionnaire Prize Draw: Mr and Mrs Driver of Evesham, who received a £25 Garden Centre Gift VOucher.
Some of our furthest travelled visitors came from South Korea, Oklahoma, USA, Ohio and from Pennsylvania. Other overseas visitors came from Denmark and Italy, while much closer to home we welcomed garden enthusiasts from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Bristol and the neighbouring counties of Hereford, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire as well as our own county of Worcestershire. Ashton under Hill Open Gardens is a truly international event!
Our visitors were able to stroll around 26 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.
If you have any feedback about our 2014 event or if there's anything you'd particularly like to know about Ashton Open Gardens in 2015 which will be on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June please Contact Us You can also ask to be added to our mailing list or to receive our regular email newsletter (postal or email addresses are never shared with any other person or organisation).
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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Relaxing by the pool
Attractions for everyone!
Profusion of poppies
Irises and old beams
Lots of lupins
Guardian of the Middle School's plot
Roses and Thatch
Mellow stone in St Barbara's Churchyard
Photos by David Hunter, Isabel Brown and Jo Brown
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