Astwood Bank In Bloom

An Introduction

A small group of residents got together after the highly successful Open Gardens event in 2015 and decided they would like to brighten up some of the local amenity land within Astwood Bank through volunteering their time. With the support of Redditch Borough Council and the Astwood Bank Carnival team, funding was made available to acquire several large planters to place around the village. In addition to these the team have created and look after several flower beds, and large rockery and over a dozen troughs placed under street signs. If you want to help the team out in any capacity just drop an email to Bloom@astwoodbankcarnival.co.uk and help maintain the environment we all enjoy as residents.

 

What is Astwood Bank in Bloom?

Astwood Bank Carnival were looking to develop a programme that impacted the whole of our community, and so the idea of Astwood Bank in Bloom was formed. Starting with a small group of keen gardeners, and supported by the team at Botany Bay Nurseries, the project has grown to include the involvement of well over twenty local businesses, the Royal British Legion, Ridgeway Academy school, and many local residents who do their bit by watering and generally maintaining the displays.

Every summer we have a different colour scheme so that all residents can get involved some way in planting up their baskets , troughs, beds in that year’s colours.

We’ve been financially supported by Astwood Bank Carnival Committee, Redditch Borough Council and our two local Worcestershire County Councillors Philip Gretton and Stuart Cross. This has meant we already have 7 large planters, 15 flower troughs, one very large rockery, and several beds to maintain, and there is more planned.

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Astwood Bank in Bloom Market

Sunday 3rd June 10:00 to 16:00 at 1109 Evesham Rd
The Astwood Bank in Bloom team are organising a couple of fun events for people to help celebrate the Bloom month of June. At the Bloom market people will get the opportunity to look round this stunning garden as well as enjoy some tea and cake whilst checking out what bargains can be had on a series of stall including cakes, plants, jigsaws and books. All the money raised on the day will be reinvested in the floral displays that the team have created throughout the village. It will also be an opportunity to buy a sunflower to grow on and enter our fun competition.

Astwood Bank in Bloom Strawberries and Cream

Sunday 24th June 12:00 to 17:00 at 43 Chestnut Road, Astwood Bank
Why not treat yourself and your family and have a delightful afternoon in a quintessential English Garden having Strawberries and cream? A wide selection of cakes will also be available as well as the opportunity to pick up some plants at bargain prices. Once again all profits will go towards the upkeep and expansion of all of the displays throughout the village, throughout the year.

Astwood Bank in Bloom Mass Bulb Planting

Sunday 21st October 14:00 – meet at the traffic lights in Astwood Bank
Now in its third year, the team are ensuring that there is an amazing display of spring bulbs throughout the village. In the past two years we have as a group planted over 6,000 bulbs, and we are looking forward to add to that again this year. Just come along with a spade and help us do a bit of light digging and get even more bulbs in and help us all create a beautiful spring showing. All are very welcome, but we would ask that any under 16’s are accompanied by an adult.

How can You get involved?

Simple really, we have a colour scheme of red, white and blue this year to mark the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebration.

So whether you are thinking hanging baskets, pots, troughs or flower beds, why not join in by following the colour scheme.

Botany Bay are a crucial part of the Astwood Bank in Bloom team so why not pop along there and ask them what they would suggest for your gardening needs. Look out for the leaflet coming through your door, if it hasn’t already hit your doormat.
Finally, if you want to find out how you can get involved with Astwood Bank in Bloom, please email me, Colin Bates, at cwbates@btconnect.com