Over the winter months a small band of volunteers from Astwood Bank in Bloom have taken on the challenge of restoring a former council maintained rockery on Evesham Road in Astwood Bank. The forty metre long rockery has been a triumph of the local community working with local businesses and the council to get it restored to everyone’s delight.
The Astwood Bank in Bloom group have been clearing the rockery, the council have been clearing away the waste, SE Davis of Astwood Bank have provided the topsoil for the project, and Botany Bay Nurseries & Garden Centre have provided plants along with donations from residents to restore it to its former glory.
Eighteen months ago the Astwood Bank Carnival Committee allocated some of its funds to help establish the Astwood Bank in Bloom group. In 2015 the group, working with the support of again SE Davis, Botany Bay Nurseries and Redditch Borough Council manged to establish 7 large planters, 5 flower beds, and replanted the area around the war memorial. The group were extremely well supported by local businesses by hanging out some 60 hanging baskets all in the colour theme.
This year the programme has been able to expand further due to being given a grant by Redditch Borough Council to buy 15 flower troughs from Where Next to place around the village, and further grants from County Councillors Philip Gretton and Stuart Cross to create new flower beds and barrier troughs along Evesham Road.
Colin Bates, who helped form Astwood Bank in Bloom commented, “The support we got from everyone in our first year has continued to grow, and we hope residents, businesses and visitors to Astwood Bank will enjoy the displays throughout the summer months. With Astwood Bank Open Gardens taking place the weekend of June 11th-12th this will be an ideal opportunity to not only take in the gardens but also the wonderful beds, troughs and baskets that will be in full bloom by then.”
The colour scheme for this year is red, white and blue to mark the Queens 90th Birthday.
Rockery before the team tackled it
Rockery today as restored by the Astwood Bank in Bloom team (left to right: Christine Parkinson, Joanne
Hawker, Shirley Nash, Barry Davis) putting the finishing touches to the restored rockery