Astons Outdoors

Welcome to the Astons Outdoors page


In line with government advice we have decided to cancel the plant sale this year. I know that many of you will have potted up plants and sown seeds in readiness for the sale that was scheduled to take place on Sunday 17th May and with this in mind we will try to find a solution to make these plants available to all of the residents in the village that would like them. We should hopefully have worked out a strategy before the May edition of the VN and will inform you in there of how we can all share our excess plants. We will also keep you up to date with our plans on the village website and via the village Facebook group.

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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!