Ashton under Hill Open Gardens
Cotswold gardens nestling in the shadow of Bredon Hill
Next event: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June 2016
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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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Taking in the view
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 gardens. We would like to thank all of our visitors, including those who braved the rain on Saturday, for their support and encouragement; your comments are very much appreciated. More news of the outcome of this year's event, together with pictures, will appear on this website shortly.
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.
You can see pictures of our 2014 event here.
In 2014 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.
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
unless otherwise stated