Open Gardens 2016

Despite the wet conditions over the weekend of June 11th and 12th hundreds of people visited Astwood Bank Open Gardens and helped raise well over one thousand pounds that will be distributed amongst local charities and organisations.

Carnival Queen Jess Davies

Carnival Queen Jess Davies

As one of many events arranged by the Astwood Bank Carnival group the event was also attended by members of the recently appointed Carnival royalty. Carnival Queen Jess Davies seen here smelling the roses said how wonderful all of the gardens looked and how she could see all of the effort the gardeners had put in to putting on such a magnificent show.

Carnival princesses Anna Smith and Sophie Lightfoot were also out and about visiting many of the gardens but also admiring some of the displays installed by the Astwood Bank in Bloom group.

Mayor Joe Baker

Mayor Joe Baker

The event was also supported by Mayor Joe Baker and Councillor Jayne Potts.

Lesley Jones, who organised the event, was delighted with the amount of money raised despite the disappointing weather, and how far people came to see the gardens, noting that we had visitors from north Birmingham, Solihull, and Kidderminster as well as many local residents discovering many new gardens and areas of our village that they don’t normally see. Many of our gardeners commented that although it had needed some extra effort to get their gardens ready they were delighted to not only have visitors to appreciate their efforts, but they had done their bit in raising much needed funds for the local community.

 

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Sunflower Competition Winners

Astwood Bank in Bloom Sunflower Winners

With some 100 residents receiving free packets of sunflower seeds through Botany Bay and the Astwood Bank in Bloom team there have been hundreds of cheery yellow sunflowers brightening up the village throughout the summer. The first weekend of September saw the Astwood Bank in Bloom judges going out to measure a multitude of sunflowers that residents had entered into the informal competition.

Prizes of gift vouchers were kindly donated by Botany Bay for the tallest sunflower and the flower with the largest seed head.

This year’s winners were Tessa Hawkes, who managed to grow a sunflower to the magnificent height of 3.56 meters, and Jenny Lightfoot who nurtured her plants to produce a seed head of 28cm in diameter.

A truly great effort by not only them but all of the entrants.

Pictured below are Jamie Ratcliffe of Botany Bay handing out prizes to our two winners.

 

Plans are already in place for another sunflower competition for next year. So if you still have seed left over from this year don’t throw it away, but we will have some new stock next year as well. If you want to register for next year’s competition just email bloom@astwoodbankcarnival.co.uk

 

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