Ashton under Hill Open Gardens
Our 2013 Open Gardens Event
|Sunshine again and a near record number of visitors!|
We were blessed with fine weather again for Ashton Open Gardens in 2013 and it brought over 1270 happy visitors to our village – what a difference the sunshine makes! There was a real ‘buzz’ about the village, and many of our visitors commented on the warmth and friendliness of their welcome. A huge ‘thank you’ is due to everyone involved: to all of our garden owners, programme and plant sellers, publicity volunteers, exhibition minders, stall holders, minibus drivers and attendants, refreshment organisers, tea servers, ice cream sellers, cake and sandwich makers and everyone on car parking and point duty - not forgetting those tidying up afterwards. If you were one of our visitors, your support is very much appreciated.
After deductions of costs, just over £9,000 was raised and this has been distributed as follows, with a small sum being set aside in reserve for next year’s event: £4,250 each to the Ashton Community Centre and St Barbara’s Church in support of their current projects. The Community Centre has several ongoing plans for the maintenance and improvement of facilities at the Village Hall, Children’s Playground and the Playing Field. At St Barbara’s Church there is urgent and major repair work to be done on the nave roof before next winter. £350 has been shared between Ashton Women’s Institute, Ashton First Guides, and Bredon Hill Middle School Gardening Club, who need to have their wildlife pond repaired.
Feedback from Visitors to our 2013 Event
" We had a glorious day visited most of the gardens and thoroughly enjoyed them all. We realise all the effort and organising that went into this weekend and thank you all. We hope to come back next year."
" I've been telling everyone how lovely Ashton is and what a fabulous day we had. I felt everything was organised perfectly and could not find anything that could be improved upon."
"Beautiful gardens and we were impressed with the fact there were several venues selling refreshments."
"I made another visit from Leeds this year - I am passionate about gardens and you put on a real treat for such a small community"
Photographs by Jo Brown, Isabel Brown, Jeremy King and Alastair Humphrey