Barnt Green Open Gardens

Barnt Green supports those in need 

Residents and organisations in Barnt Green are gearing up to support three local charities on a very special weekend in July, with 15 gardens opening their doors to the public, a flower festival and many other activities.

The event, to be held on July 2nd and 3rd between 2 and 5 pm each day, has been organised by local residents Rachel Banner and Maureen Frowley and has the support of the local parish council and many local businesses who are providing administrative and other facilities.

Rachel, who is a former Parish Councillor, commented, “We hope this event will bring the whole community together to raise funds for individuals with learning difficulties through the “Where Next” organisation, local homeless young people who rely on the “Basement Project” and older people who attend the local Day Centre that receives no statutory funding. It’s a way of having fun, sharing what we have in the village whilst helping others of all ages.”

Maureen added that not only had they received support from the parish council and other local organisations but also from the Worcestershire County Organiser for the National Gardens Scheme, David Morgan, who had provided guidance relating to the gardens being open.

The 15 gardens open will be in various locations around the village with maps available for visitors to find their way round easily, whilst the flower festival will be located in St. Andrews church. Other attractions will include an art exhibition in the Meeting House in Sandhills Road, teas and a second hand bookstall in the Parish Centre and many of the shops will be decorated to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

There will even be a “Duck Hunt” for the children to take part in and jams and plants for sale at many of the gardens.

Admission to the event will be £5 per adult, with accompanied children being admitted free.

Parking will be available on the day.

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