Astons Outdoors


Welcome to the Astons Outdoors web-page.

In these very strange times that we find ourselves, we hope that you are all staying safe and trying to keep yourselves busy. See below for our new socially distanced initiatives!!

ASTONS OUTDOORS' SPRING PLANT SALE: RESULT!!

Many, many thanks to all of you fabulous people that came to the Astons Outdoors plant sale and donated way more than the guide price for the plants, some of you even donated for plants that you didn’t really want! 

We managed to raise a fantastic £389 for SeeSaw which was an amazing amount for the few plants that we had to sell. Well done all of you, you deserve to be proud of yourselves.

 Strawberry Challenge

How many strawberries you can grow from a single plant?

Best of luck everyone to everyone who took us up on this challenge.It would be great if we can have a weekly update of how you have cared for your plant, have you fed it with a special concoction, planted it in the garden or left it in it’s pot, how often are you watering it, etc?

FIRST RESULTS COMING IN - see right. Well done Nicole. 

If you have any queries, comments or suggestions just click the link to contact us by email

Seed and Seedling swap:

With the garden centres closed and the on-line ordering of seeds and plants proving very difficult at the moment, some of our residents are in need of seeds or seedlings. I’m sure that many of you will have the odd half a packet of seeds left over in a cupboard somewhere or have sown too many seeds just in case they failed to germinate and have ended up with an excess of seedlings, maybe together we can solve the shortages around the village. Some of you have already made good use of the Village Facebook site to carry out exchanges but not everyone has access to the Facebook group so if you can email Louise on louise.binder@live.co.uk with your requests then she will post it onto the Facebook site and try to connect the two parties.

All that remains to be said is stay safe, enjoy our beautiful villages and hopefully we will all be able to enjoy our beautiful gardens together at some point later in the year.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

THE FOLLOWING TALK WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED LATER IN THE YEAR:  

Dr. Stephen Head. “Wildlife Gardening - Myths and realities” 

Stephen worked as an academic ecologist and zoologist at Oxford University, and in universities in Jamaica and Oman. He subsequently ran large conservation charities before volunteering nearly full time to run the Wildlife Gardening Forum, now a flourishing registered charity working to promote the importance to biodiversity and people of the garden environment.

In this talk Dr Head describes some of the key issues of wildlife in gardens, and the half truths that still are a barrier to greater uptake.At the end of the talk Stephen will hold a Q&A session to advise us on what plants we should be planting to attract wildlife into our gardens. 

ASTONS OUTDOORS (the history bit).

At our 2020 annual meeting in January a vote was taken to change our name from the Astons Garden Club to Astons Outdoors - which we hope reflects the way the club will aim to be involved with improving public spaces as well as focusing on our gardens within the villages.

Astons Outdoors will be holding workdays to improve spaces such as the grounds of the Village Hall, the verges, the church grounds and the War memorial, where the whole community can work together to enhance areas that we can all be proud of. In addition to the above we will be holding three talks and a hands on workshop later this year.

At our annual meeting we also decided to finance our activities through entrance fees rather than membership subscription, and also to introduce a loyalty scheme for regulars whereby after three visits to a workday, talk or workshop you will receive a free drink and slice of cake on the fourth visit. All previous attendees will know how great those cakes are!