ABIB Treats for Teacher….or You!

We will again have our stall on Carnival Field. Last year was fantastic for raising funds that help us make our village look great!

As well as a wide selection of plants grown by the Astwood Bank in Bloom team and those donated by Botany Bay Nurseries, there will be a wide selection of gifts and produce available at the Astwood Bank in Bloom stall on Carnival day.

The team will also be running a Scarecrow competition where the prize is this fabulous cake which is a mix of real flowers and edible “rose” cupcakes, made by locally by Rachel at Cupcakes and Dreams

Many of the gifts will make perfect end of term teacher treats, or even better a treat for yourself. Most of the gifts are handmade; many are organic and are up-cycled – made lovingly by our very own Bloom Team.

Whether its picture frames, homemade jams, herbs in novelty pots, lavender sachets, novelty waterers, wax melts, or simply plants, the Astwood Bank in Bloom stall is the place to go on Carnival Day. Remember all of the money raised at this stall goes straight back into our community.

Bloom Update

Despite the extreme heat this summer the Astwood Bank in Bloom team have managed to maintain the magnificent displays around the village.

If you helped in any way by doing a bit of deadheading whilst walking past, or perhaps occasional watering, thank you. In October we will be clearing out the summer displays and planting up ready for winter / spring, so if you want to lend a hand just drop an email to bloom@astwoodbankcarnival.co.uk


Ready to Bloom!

Astwood Bank in Bloom team are busy planting out the summer display around the village.

Thanks to a grant from County Councillor Jane Potter a new trough has been installed at the traffic lights.All funds collected through Astwood Bank’s ‘Month of Bloom’ events and collection tins will help improve the displays further.

Astwood Bank will Bloom in June

Over the coming weeks and months as the hours of day light increase, and hopefully the temperatures, we will all see the results of the hard work put in by the Bloom team and a group of local residents and councillors in early November when they planted some 5,500 bulbs. In addition to the 2,000 planted the year before we are hopeful that Astwood Bank will welcome Spring with a riot of colour.

 Although the winter months are a more relaxed time for the Bloom team we have been busy planning the summer scheme and have been working closely with our partners at Botany Bay to grow the best plants to have maximum impact. As ever we’ll be asking everyone to support Bloom by thinking about how you can reflect the Bloom scheme in your own displays.

Although The Carnival Committee provide a high level of funding for the Bloom displays we are always looking for additional funds to help us maintain and grow what is on show to everyone. To that end we have nominated June as the month of Astwood Bank in Bloom and we’ll be organising some fund raising activities, details of which will be found under “Upcoming Events”

If you want to get involved with Bloom in any way, just drop a line to bloom@astwoodbankcarnival.co.uk

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


Astwood Bank Will Bloom in Spring!

5,500 Bulbs Planted!

Wow! With your support we managed to plant 5,500 bulbs in just under 1 ½ hours! That is a truly outstanding effort from everyone and we can now all look forward to a wonderful display in the Spring.

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Thank You

A very  special thank you to the Rotary Club for not only giving us 3,000 crocus bulbs but also providing three volunteers: Peter, Robert and John to help with the digging and planting.

Also a big thank you for the County Councillors Jane Potter, Brandon Clayton and Roger Bennett for spending some of their Sunday afternoon helping out Astwood Bank.

Finally, Thank You to all those who made this event happen!

Summer Displays

Astwood Bank in Bloom – summer displays

By now hopefully you will all be aware that as a result of the votes of Astwood Bank residents the colour scheme for summer 2017 will be Pink, Purple & White. We have placed an order with Botany Bay Nurseries & Garden Centre, and so with the aid of their green fingers the plants are growing nicely in the greenhouses in Edgioake Lane. We will be planting up the large planters in the first week of June, and for those that were wondering, the wooden troughs will be coming out of winter storage at the same time. In anticipation we want to thank everyone for helping with the planting, the ongoing maintenance, and the watering of the summer displays. If you would like to help us by looking after any of the displays, even if it is just watering one of the wooden troughs please do get in touch cwbates@btconnect.com.

Similarly, if you and a group of neighbours would be keen to create a new flower display near you do get in touch and we’d love to discuss how we may be able to help you. If you want inspiration take a look at the bed that was created by the neighbours on Evesham Road near Ridgeway Academy.

When you are planning your hanging baskets and other containers for this summer please do bear in mind the colour scheme of Pink, Purple & White. You can order your baskets from Botany Bay or choose from their displays matching up with the scheme.


I’m sure it won’t have gone unnoticed the spring displays in the large planters have been beautiful this year and have brought a real splash of colour on some drab spring days. It’s thanks to the money raised at the Carnival events throughout the year that we can afford to put these displays on throughout the year, so please do support the events whenever you can.

Finally with the help of Redditch Borough Council and the Astwood Bank Scouts and Guides group we were able to plant some 2,000 daffodils around the village last autumn and they have certainly announced their presence this spring, so thank you to everyone who helped with the planting – see you again in the autumn for even more bulb planting.