Open Garden - Avon Cottage in the Woodford Valley CANCELLED

Sunday 17 May

2 pm to 5 pm

Price: Entry £4 adults, children under 16 free. No dogs except assistance dogs.

To comply with the government announcement on Monday 16 March, and advice from RSPB HQ, we have now cancelled all our events, indoor and outdoor, until 1 September. Events after that date will be kept under review. We will post updates on our website on a regular basis. Members will be kept informed by email where we have consent to do so.

We will continue to post news and updates on our website and facebook page in an attempt to keep us all sane! In the meantime, stay well look after those closest to you. We all need to do what we can to enable our wonderful NHS to treat not only those with serious Covid-19 symptoms but all the other patients as well.

Avon Cottage, whose origins are in the 16th century, is set in 2 acres of wonderful gardens overlooking working water meadows, alongside a chalk stream carrier of the River Avon. It's taken Sheila and Trevor Shepherd since 1978 to bring their garden to its present beautiful condition.

The cottage is opposite The Wheatsheaf in Lower Woodford. Parking is in the adjacent field as signposted, with 'Disabled Only' parking on the gravel drive of the cottage.

The garden and surroundings have an abundance of birdlife and we are offering guided birdwatching in the more remote part of the garden for a chance of kingfisher, cuckoo (which can be very active in this part of the Woodford Valley) and spring migrant warblers. Spotted flycatchers, swallows and house martins have nested in the garden. Or you can simply stroll through the gardens and find a quiet place to sit and enjoy the delicious refreshments! We'll be serving cakes and scones with hot or cold drinks. There are numerous seats and tables in the garden, even toilets!

If you'd like to make cakes in advance or help with catering on the day please contact Jenny or Tony.

We're hoping for lovely weather - do come and support us.

Please note: this event is run by an RSPB volunteer group and is organised for interested members of the local community.


Avon Cottage, Lower Woodford

Where is it?

  • Postcode: SP4 6NQ
  • County: Wiltshire

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