2016 Open Gardens

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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Be part of a world record attempt! Register a team and be part of a mass bulb planting!! Register NOW!!!

Details and registration link below!

Venue: Arrow Valley Park, Battens Drive, Redditch B98 0LJ (entrance near the Visitor Centre)

Date/time: 13th October 2019, 10 am for Planting Team briefing; GWR Starts at 11am for a maximum time period of 1 hour

Registration: All Planting Team participants need to register – this is a two stage process to ensure I can communicate with everyone.

To register interest: https://mailchi.mp/a8717cb231fe/gwrsign-up registered, I will issue event details and a link to the Planting Team Registration Site.

Equipment: Dibbers will be supplied (Guinness had to approve the equipment and it took a few attempts to get them to agree!) but participants may want to bring a kneeling pad as the planting is at ground level

Team Size: We require a team of 100 people (maximum) and are looking for 125 to ensure capacity if there are drop-outs on the day; there will be plenty for all 125 to do if we happen to have. Ideally, I’d like to know who’s interested by mid-September as final participation registrations need to be completed by 29th September.

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