The 2017 Garden Trail

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Garden trail gets bigger and better

June 10th and 11th 2017 was the Beeston and Chilwell Garden Trail.  We were blessed with dry weather and had the best one yet for numbers and money raised.  We had 804 adults over the whole weekend, the most we’ve ever had and lots of children as well.   

Trent Vale Infants opened their garden on the Saturday and showed the wonderful range of garden activities they do with the children there.  Beeston Wildlife Trust had members helping children with pond dipping on the Saturday which the children thought was great.  

Children also enjoyed looking for the little yellow duck in each garden and various other activities including an amazing model railway.  There was entertainment for adults as well with Attenborough Hand Bell ringers and a band (Reduced Goose).  Tea was being served at several places.  

We took almost £5000 from tickets and all the activities.  This has been divided between several different charities nominated by the gardeners. 

The garden trail was originally conceived by Beeston Methodist Church as a fundraiser for Target 2000.  It has grown and grown since then.  A number of our members are still involved either planning or opening their gardens but it has been good to open it to the wider community.
 

Many thanks to all who came and helped make it a fantastic weekend.  Look out for next year, which will probably be the 2nd weekend in June 2018.  


Beeston & Chilwell Garden Trail Team
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Gardens open in 2017
17 Inham Road, Chilwell, NG9 4FL
Description: refreshments
Description: plants
Access to rear garden via step
2A Meadow Lane, Chilwell NG9 5AA



Disabled access available

60 Audon Avenue, Chilwell, NG9 4AW 
Description: refreshments
Description: refreshments

Disabled access available
16 Lime Grove Avenue, Chilwell, NG9 4AR
Description: refreshments
Open on Saturday only. Disabled access to top patio only, but able to view garden from this site.
33A Dale Lane, Chilwell, NG9 4EA


Open on Saturday only
18 Louis Avenue, Beeston, NG9 1DX


Level access to patio from which whole garden can be viewed
16 Devonshire Avenue, Beeston, NG9 1BS
Description: refreshments


Disabled access to garden
21a Grasmere Road, Beeston, NG9 3AQ
Description: refreshments

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
2 Newcastle Avenue, Beeston, NG9 1BT
Description: refreshments
Description: refreshments

Disabled access to garden
Wollaton Road Allotments. Wollaton Road, Beeston, NG9 2PH
Description: refreshments
Description: refreshments

6 Hope Street, Beeston, NG9 1DR

Description: refreshments


91 Marlborough Road, Beeston, NG9 2HL

Description: refreshments

Level access to whole garden though some paths narrow
Trent Vale Infant School, Beeston Rylands, NG9 1LP
Description: refreshments


Open on Saturday only
109 Trent Road, Beeston Rylands, NG9 1JH
Description: refreshments

3 Station Villas, Beeston, NG9 1JH
Description: refreshments
Description: refreshments
Description: plants
Disabled access to garden
Description: refreshments = Refreshments     Description: refreshments = Plant Sale      Description: plants = Toilet Facilities
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Map featuring gardens open in 2017


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Charities benefiting from money raised by ticket sales, plant sales, etc. are:
Bloodwise - Beeston Dementia Friends - Cystic Fibrosis - Hope, Nottingham - Broxtowe Women's Project - Toilet Twinning - Beeston Resource Centre (Middle Street) - Cancer Research UK - Bees Abroad - Newman Holidays for Children Trust - Beeston Refugee Welfare Fund


Minibus route and times

Our minibus service (kindly sponsored by Landmark, the Quality Gardening Company), will run a circular route between 8 stops and is intended to help visitors tour our gardens. This service will run on an approximately hourly basis, depending on numbers using it and traffic flow in Beeston particularly.

Please get on and off as you wish, the Cable Cars minibus will accommodate up to 8 passengers and is free-of-charge.

Address                                  Departures
60  Audon Avenue …………  13.15       14.15       15.15      16.15
17 Inham Road
6 Hope Street
21a Grasmere Road ………   13.35        14.35       15.35      16.35
Wollaton Road Allotments
Trent Vale Infants School
3 Station Villas ……………   14.05         15.05      16.05      17.05
Beeston Methodist Church,
Chilwell Road
        60 Audon Avenue

The gardens in more detail

17 Inham Road, Chilwell, NG9 4FL
A ‘3-room’ rear garden layout, includes an allotment, grotto, water feature and a selection of mature and seasonal planting. Access to rear garden via step; toilet facilities are available.
Attractions - Refreshments and tombola











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.




60 Audon Avenue, Chilwell, NG9 4AW
The “Bee Garden” a wildlife oriented garden featuring an apiary with a beekeeper present & ready to answer all your questions! There are themed borders, a stumpery with dry shade planting, wildlife pond, bug hotel, fruit and vegetable beds, and several sheds, one with a sedum roof and of course a beach shed in landlocked Chilwell!
Attractions - Beekeeper present with demonstration hive, refreshments, activities for children with a “B-hunt”, plant sales.



16 Lime Grove Avenue, Chilwell NG9 4AR Saturday only
 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 – garden games table tennis, boules& bowls, swing ball, darts; plant sales.




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












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.




2 Newcastle Avenue, Beeston NG9 1BT
This small garden is new and full of plants l have grown from seed and/or cuttings.
Attractions- Plants and cakes.




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. 




16 Devonshire Avenue, Beeston NG9 1BS
In the six years since we last participated, we have removed two large trees and reshaped the garden to include new patios, raised beds and paths, and a summerhouse.  The latest development is new statuary including a sculptured tree-stump.
Attractions - Cream teas, children’s activities, St Mary's Handbell Ringers, Saturday, 3pm & 4 pm; Reduced Goose Band, Sunday, 3pm.  Disabled access




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 and craft sales




91 Marlborough Road, Beeston, NG9 2HL
A plantlovers' garden managed organically on a 1920s suburban plot. The garden includes mature shrubs, wildlife pond, fruit trees and vegetable area.






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




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. There are also toilet facilities available.




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.


109 Trent Road, Beeston Rylands NG9 1LP 
A relatively narrow but very long terrace house garden, mainly dedicated to fruit and vegetable growing - really an allotment right outside my back door!  Also contains a pond and cottage garden-style flower beds to encourage wildlife.
Attractions - Refreshments