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'Best garden festival in the country' in Feckenham this weekend

Ross Crawford 17th May, 2018

IT’S been billed as the best value garden festival in the country and is happening this weekend in Feckenham.

Feckenham Flower and Garden Festival only comes round once every three years and, with 34 gardens to view, there will be plenty for visitors to see and do, including nurseries selling plants in the village centre.

“There really will be something for everyone,” said organiser Catherine Fisher.

“We have got some massive gardens to view, some with woodland walks, to tiny, beautifully crafted courtyard gardens that are just breathtaking.”

Now in its 33 year, for 2018 the theme is Celebrations and Commemorations.

Such is the success of the event that six years ago it featured on the BBC show Gardeners World while this year it is expected to bring in visitors from far and wide – including a coachload of keen gardeners from Swansea.

It is all in aid of the upkeep of local parish church St John the Baptist, which is the responsibility not of the diocese but of local residents.

However, it is also multi-denominational with the village Catholic church also getting involved by running the pig roast and barbecue.

“There will be some wonderful things to see and we have one couple who have been in the village for 50 years and they will be opening up their garden for the first time to the public – a garden 50 years in the making,” said Catherine.

Entry to the entire festival is £6 which will give access to all the gardens and the flower show in the parish church.

Parking can be at a premium in Feckenham but two fields have been set aside for drivers and these can be accessed off the road from Redditch – Astwood Lane – and will be fully signposted.

The event runs from 11am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20 and a festival programme will give details of all the open gardens.

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