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Blooming marvellous: More than 20 gardens open in Astwood Bank

Correspondent 7th Jun, 2019

MAKE tracks for Astwood Bank this weekend, June 8-9 for a heady dose of fabulous gardens.

More than 20 gardens will be open from 10am to 5pm on both days, plus there will a flower festival in St Matthias Church and the Astwood Bank in Bloom team are hoping for bumper crowds over the weekend.

Entry tickets are available in advance from Botany Bay Nurseries in Edgioake Lane at £5 for each adult with on the day prices a snip more at £6. Children under 16 will be admitted for free.

On the day will also be available outside St Matthias Church in Church Road Astwood Bank where visitors can pick up a suggested route and details on each garden.

There promises to be something for all of the family too with a fun children’s treasure hunt at Botany Bay Nurseries, a miniature steam railway in one of the gardens, craft stalls at the church, farm animals, a variety of garden games, plant and raffle ticket sales, and of course gardens.

This year sees the return of the Flower Festival in the church with many local groups and residents creating displays to decorate the church.

Refreshments will be available throughout and parking will be available at both Ridgeway Academy and Astwood Bank Primary School.

Organiser Sam Mulhall said: “It is amazing how many people in our community get involved in supporting the event, whether it is the team doing litter picking, the gardeners who have been busy over the last few weeks getting them ready for the event, the Astwood Bank in Bloom team for planting more than 2,000 plants this week, or the businesses such as Botany Bay and Thorlux Lighting supporting us in many ways.

“We are all looking forward to people having a fun day out in Astwood Bank, whilst helping raise funds for local groups.”

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