Ashton under Hill Open Gardens
Cotswold gardens nestling at the foot of Bredon Hill
Next event: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June 2017
from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day
The prize-winning image, submitted by Mark Alington from Manchester
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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.
Runner-up: Swimming Pond by Bob Harding
A blue plastic poncho with a logo was handed in after our recent Open Gardens Weekend. If it's yours, please Contact Us to claim.
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Photographic Competition Results
We had a strong field of almost 50 entries for our 2016 Photographic Competition and after long deliberation by the judging panel the image of the bee and cornflower above, submitted by Mark Alington from Manchester, was chosen as the overall winner. He receives a £25 garden gift voucher, free entry for two people to next year's event, and a free cream tea for two!
The two images to the left and right were judged to be the runners-up - the picture of the swimming pond in one of the open gardens was taken by Bob Harding, and the photo of two of our international visitors was captured by Jeremy King.
You can click on any of those images to see a larger version.
Congratulations to those three photographers, and huge thanks to everyone who submitted an entry. You can view a selection of the entries which were submitted to the competition and you'll see why the judges had a very difficult job!
Our annual Open Gardens Weekend is over for another year, and we're already looking ahead to our 40th anniversary event in June 2017.
If you were one of our garden owners, helpers or supporters - thank you for helping to make it such a successful weekend. If you were one of our 850 visitors, we are particularly grateful to you for your support, and for all the kind comments we received. Thank you too for braving the unexpected downpours on Sunday afternoon!
Prize draw winner
We received just over 150 completed feedback questionnaires from visitors, and the lucky winner in the prize draw was Marie Osborne, from Leamington Spa; she receives a £25 Garden Centre Gift Voucher.
Despite the disruption of some very wet weather, we had a very successful Open Gardens weekend and we have been able to make a small increase in donations to village organisations compared to last year. After costs have been accounted for, we have been able to distribute a total of just over £5500 to the village Community Centre, to St Barbara's Church, to our two village schools, to the Guides and the WI.
Ashton is one of the prettiest!
According to Cotswold Life magazine, Ashton under Hill is one of the prettiest places to visit in the Cotswolds. Click here to see the full article. We can't help but agree of course!
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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Runner-up: International visitors by Jeremy King
Pictures by Jo Brown
Phlomis; David Hunter
Warm thatch in the sunshine
Busy Plant Stalls
Roses and Thatch
Mellow stone in St Barbara's Churchyard
Photos by David Hunter, Isabel Brown Jeremy King and Jo Brown
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