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
2018 Photographic Competition: the winning entry by Amber Bankes
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
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Photographic Competition Winners
In a very exciting and extremely popular photographic competition this year 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) which they felt best embodied both this year’s theme of 'Nature in the Garden' and fulfilled the criterion of the most original and unusual photograph.
The really exciting thing about this year’s 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 visitors, thank you for your support, we hope to see you again at a future event. 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.
2018 Prize Draw Results
1st Prize, A Glass Sculpture - S Boyd Robinson
2nd Prize £100 National Gardening Voucher - H & R Veasey
3rd Prize £40 National Gardening Voucher - J Gailey
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: 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