Gardens in protected Victorian suburb in Solihull to open to public for charity - The Solihull Observer

Gardens in protected Victorian suburb in Solihull to open to public for charity

Solihull Editorial 14th Jun, 2019   0

VICTORIAN houses and gardens in a protected Solihull suburb will be opened up by homeowners to raise money for charity.

On Sunday, June 23, between 1 and 5.30pm, 13 gardens in St Bernards Road and the Olton conservation area will be open in aid of the Stroke Association.

The road’s Victorian and Edwardian houses have distinctive architecture and bountiful gardens – which are open to the public for the sixth annual ‘St Bernards in Bloom’ event.

Last year the fundraising push raised £7,000 for the charity, and organisers are hoping to better that total this year.

Organiser Celia Remington said: “In 1980, residents realised that demolition and new building was having a detrimental effect on the area and the Olton Conservation Area was established.

“The original houses are now homes to enthusiastic gardeners. Visitors will see mature trees, spacious lawns, herbaceous borders and vegetable beds.

“There are currently more than 1.2million stroke survivors living in the UK. Stroke is a leading cause of disability.

“Victims of stroke and their families can depend upon the Stroke Association for advice and practical help.”

The Stroke Association’s website states that it provides specialist support, funds critical research and campaigns to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care and support to rebuild their lives.

The event comes after councillors decided to remove ‘development rights’ from properties around St Bernards Road within the conservation area.

The measure – to preserve the character and historicity of the road – means residents planning certain types of renovation now need to apply for permission from planners.

On Sunday’s event, refreshments and home-made cakes will be on offer, and visitors can sip Pimm’s and listen to live music. There will also be a children’s activity.

The open gardens are all in the section of St Bernards Road between the Warwick Road and Kineton Green Road junctions. Admission costs £5 per person to see all the gardens and is free for children.

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