14th Aug, 2020

Thousands flock to Feckenham for stunning Flower and Garden Festival

Ross Crawford 27th May, 2018

THE crowds came in their thousands to enjoy the 11th Feckenham Flower and Garden Show last weekend.

They included people from far and wide, including coach loads from Swansea and Bristol.

And if the Royal Wedding and the FA Cup final took numbers slightly down on the Saturday, these were more than made for on Sunday which saw the villages streets and gardens packed with visitors.

“It was absolutely fantastic,” said organiser Catherine Fisher.

“At £6 to see 34 gardens it has got to be the best value in the country, and everyone loved it.”

The event, which runs every three years, is for an important cause too – the upkeep of the village’s St John the Baptist Church, which is the responsibility of residents.

And with more than 1,700 people paying to get in – the suspicion is a lot more failed to pay – it means more than £10,000 has been raised to bolster church funds.

“Many of the gardens could only be accessed by going through people’s houses, and as they had the wedding or football on, visitors were pausing to catch up with events as they went through.

“It was quite extraordinary!” said Catherine.

Other attractions over the weekend saw much needed funds going to other good causes too.

The Catholic church ran a pig roast and barbecue to boost its coffers while Redditch Explorer Scouts ran a raffle for their next adventure as they marshalled the car park.

“Undoubtedly the weather played its part too, and in all the 33 years of the flower festival I cannot remember a prolonged spell of such fine weather in May, and of course it made the village look beautiful too,” said Catherine.

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