The 2018 Garden Trail

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Garden trail gets bigger and better

If you want a brilliant Saturday and Sunday out, June 9th and 10th  from 1.00 to 5.00pm, then come and join us this year.  The tickets are just £4.00, which you buy at the first garden and it lets you into all the gardens on both days.

It was in 1997 that Marion Wallwork started it all off.  She got together with 5 other local people to open their gardens to raise money for Chilwell Road Methodist Church.  They raised £1200 and were so pleased that they did it again the next two years!  From then on, the baton has been passed to other gardeners to organise and more and more people have become involved.  It is now a community event with gardeners nominating their own charities.  Last year, 15 gardens were open and we raised almost £5000 for various charities and had over 800 people visit.  


This year we have a record 19 gardens opening.  Some will provide teas, plants for sale, entertainment and activities for children.  We are pleased to have John Stirland, Radio Nottingham’s gardener, to open the event at Trent Vale Infant school on the Saturday at 1.15pm; he has then agreed to go round some of the other gardens where you will have chance to ask him gardening questions.  (Wollaton Road Allotments at 2.15pm, 6 Hope Street at 3.15pm and 3 Station Villas at 4.15pm)
Open Gardens




Find us on the Open Gardens National Directory.



Beeston & Chilwell Garden Trail Team

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Gardens open in 2018

Trent Vale Infants, NG9 1JP (Sat only)  R 
Canalside Heritage Centre, NG9 1LZ  R P 
3 Station Villas, NG9 1JH - Sunday: Harlequin Singers at 3pm & 4pm R  
2 Manor Av, NG9 1HS (Sun only) R P 
186 High Road, NG9 5BB P 
2A Meadow Ln, NG9 5AA
102 Cator Ln, NG9 4BB - Sunday: Church Community Choir, 2pm R P 
16 Lime Grove Av, NG9 4AR P 
33a Dale Ln, NG9 4EA (Sun only) 
60 Park Rd, NG9 4DD  - Saturday: East of England Singers, 3.00-4.00pm R 
94 Park Rd, NG9 4DE R 
30 Highgrove Av, NG9 4DN P 
Queenswood MHA, Cliffgrove Av, NG9 4DP - Saturday: Ukelele Band, 2pm & Sunday: MOCtet from The Major Oak Chorus, 2.30, 3.15 + 4pm R P 
6 Hope St, NG9 1DR P 
18 Louis Av, NG9 1DX
6 Devonshire Av, NG9 1BS  - Selling art exhibition
16 Devonshire Av, NG9 1BS   - Saturday: Goose McCoy, 4pm R 
Wollaton Road Allotments, NG9 2PH R P 
21a Grasmere Rd, NG9 3AQ R P 

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Map featuring gardens open in 2018


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Charities benefiting from money raised by ticket sales, plant sales, etc. in 2018 are:
Beeston Methodist Church Annual Charity - Bloodwise - Broxtowe Womens Project - Cystic Fibrosis - Hope Nottingham - Middle Street Centre - Music for Everyone - New Beginnings - Newman Holiday Trust - Nottingham City Hospital Cancer Research - Nottingham Hospitals Charity (Oncology MRI Fund) - Beeston Citizens Advice Bureau  - Tear Fund

The gardens in more detail


Trent Vale Infant School, Beeston Rylands NG9 1LP Saturday only
A school garden with a large field featuring a small wooded area, meadow, trim trail, trees and willow tunnel.  A wildlife area with pond, log pile, native hedging and various plants to attract wildlife.  A patio area with veg/flower troughs, bug hotel and a greenhouse made from plastic bottles, all cared for by the children.  The garden and wildlife activities are supported financially by 'Beeston Wildlife Group' and the greenhouse was provided by 'Wollaton Rotary Club'. 
Attractions - refreshments provided by the School Governors; existing areas for children to play. Group Beeston Wildlife stand.School Choir, 1pm

Canalside Heritage Centre, Beeston Rylands, NG9 1LZ
Find out more about our plans, how the garden is developing, and meet our garden designer. 
Attractions: Entertainment throughout the day from Bonnet and Belt Theatre Company with canal-themed songs, poetry and performances. Tea room. Plant sales on Sunday only.



3 Station Villas. Beeston NG9 1JH
Built in the late 1860s, there are large gardens to both the front and rear of the house. Trees dating from this time can be found in the gardens, which have large borders containing many flowers popular in Victorian gardens. There are well-established fruit trees and a herb garden, as well as salad crops growing in the greenhouse.
Attractions - cream teas and plant sales, toilet facilities available, Sunday: Harlequin singers, 3pm and 4pm





2 Manor Avenue, Beeston, NG9 1HS Sunday only
An informal and partially tamed garden with welcoming bursts of colour - a bit like the hosts.  Has a large pond and a relaxing garden swing. 
Attractions: Cold drinks & cakes. Plant sales. Note: Best to park on Dovecote Lane.




186 High Road, Chilwell, NG9 5BB
A ‘cottage garden’ style garden. There is a newly developed vegetable bed with raised beds and greenhouse. Attractions: Plant sales.  



2A Meadow Lane, Chilwell NG9 5AA
A small, mostly walled, garden full of herbaceous perennials. Clematis and other climbers on the walls and a range of summer flowering phlox, plus autumn flowering hardy chrysanthemums and Michaelmas daisies.



102 Cator Lane, Chilwell, NG9 4BB
The Red House has historic interest, built as a square farmhouse in 1850 but extended in the arts and crafts style by Watson Fothergill in 1890. In the last five years we have made significant changes, removing laurel trees, restoring the historic kitchen garden, cutting back shrubs and rejuvenating the rose garden. The garden has a number of different ‘rooms’, with two lawns and a wide variety of interesting plants. 
Attractions: Pottery exhibition (with live potter!) in the old stables, cream teas & refreshments, plant & pottery sales. Sunday: Church Community Choir, 2pm. Note: Visitors can park on Cator Lane, though safer parking is in the nearby side roads Brookland Drive and Gwenbrook Road






16 Lime Grove Avenue, Chilwell NG9 4AR
Small private garden with lawn, shrubs, potted plants with a stumpery made from trees cut down to make way for tram. Disabled access to top patio only, but able to view garden from this site. 
Attractions: Refreshments, garden games, table tennis, boules & bowls, swing ball, darts; plant sales.






33A Dale Lane, Chilwell NG9 4EA Sunday only
An easily maintained garden, with a summer house and simple planting for year round pleasure.












60 Park Road, Chilwell, NG9 4DD
A surprisingly private small woodland garden with year-long interest:  some unusual trees and shrubs attracting wildlife and gardeners alike! The mini fruit and veg patch is in the front garden and the Garden room plants include banana, ginger and coffee plants! 
Attractions: Teas. Saturday: East of England Singers, 3.00-4.00pm Note: Road subject to parking restrictions on Saturday.






94 Park Road, Chilwell, NG9 4EE
A family friendly garden of trees, lawn and flowers with small veg plot and 'secret den' for the children. Classic car on display. 
Attractions: Tea & cakes, garden games. Note: Road subject to parking restrictions on Saturday.






30 Highgrove Avenue, Chilwell, NG9 4DN
Plantsman's garden with year round colour and interest.Two ponds joined by small rill.  Small Secret/White Garden. Large white wisteria plus many climbing roses and clematis. 
Attractions: Cakes, plants & craft sales





Queenswood MHA, Cliffgrove Avenue, Chilwell, NG9 4DP
This is a care home and a garden has been created with elderly people in mind.
Attractions: Family activities. Refreshments, cake & plant sales. Saturday: Ukelele Band, 2pm & Sunday: MOCtet from The Major Oak Chorus, 2.30, 3.15 + 4pm





6 Hope Street, Beeston NG9 1DR
A garden filled with a wide variety of plants, including alpines, hostas, ferns, carnivorous plants, agapanthus, bulbs and shrubs.  Pond, troughs, pots and a greenhouse with many subtropical plants. 
Attractions: Plant & craft sales.




18 Louis Avenue, Chilwell NG9 1DX
There is plenty of green in the garden with plenty of different shades in the plants, shrubs and small trees, including a number of different fruits. There is a pond with goldfish, the younger fish being related to the original occupants. Patio areas and seating are available to relax. The most recent addition is a Japanese section following Kay’s visit to Japan.
Attractions - a 1:43 scale model railway runs round part of the garden and there is also an enclosed area containing the main station, shops and other buildings set in the 1930s, some of which are modelled on local buildings.



6 Devonshire Avenue, Beeston, NG9 1BS
A cottage style garden with colourful herbaceous borders, opening for the first time. We have created some different spaces for the family through the use of hard landscaping. 
Attractions: Selling exhibition by "New Beginnings" art group


16 Devonshire AvenueBeeston NG9 1BS
We continue to develop our back garden and this year it will include new paths, patios and pergolas replacing tired trellises. 
Attractions: Cream teas, children’s activities, Goose McCoy, Saturday, 4pm.  Disabled access. Note: ample free parking on the street and [on Saturday only] in the Devonshire Avenue Car Park






Wollaton Road Allotments, Wollaton Road, Beeston, NG9 2PH
Our allotments give an insight into allotment life and the satisfaction of growing one’s own produce. We give allotment tours, demonstrations and invite the community to sit relax in our old established orchard. We also have stalls selling produce and refreshments. 




21A Grasmere Road, Beeston NG9 3AQ
A small front garden with stoned beds and a variety of planting. A small/medium sized back garden with a variety of plants, and a tortoise! 
Unfortunately, access to the garden is very limited for anyone with a walking disability. There is a small step out of the carport on to the patio, and then 2 sets of 3 and 4 steps to the two levels of the garden. 
Attractions: Refreshments tea/coffee, scones and cakes. Plant sales.