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The National Collection of Asters

Aster novi-belgii26th September Upton House (NT) Aster Open Day

Continuing with the theme of National Collections, Upton House near Banbury has The National Collection of Asters and this unique and important collection will be the focus of an Open Day in September.

Asters have been around in the UK for over 400 years and the name comes from the Greek word for star.

Bourton on the Water - Is it a theme park

Bourton on the Water
The Lonely Planet has called Bourton - "crass, commercialised and overwhelmed by coach tours" and said "that it was an exceptionally beautiful place that had turned theme park with a series of attractions....."

The Parish Council have hit back in defence of this popular village but what do you think?

Our visitors seem to like it.

Send us your comments.

Ebrington Gardening Club goes to Hampton Court

3rd July - 8th July Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2007

Hidcote Gardens - eat your heart out - Ebrington and District Gardening Club are going to the Hampton Court Flower Show in July.

Ebrington are going for gold in the RHS Window Box and Hanging Basket Competition.

The town of Berkeley plans to attract more visitors

Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Reproduced with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

The historic market town of Berkeley near Gloucester is planning to put itself firmly on the tourist map in a bid to attract more visitors. Despite having two very popular attractions of very different types on its outskirts - Berkeley Castle and Cattle Country - the centre of the pretty town is often by-passed by tourists despite its many attractions; including local cafes, a hotel, pubs and speciality shops. This fact, coupled with the drastic reductions in staffing levels at the nearby Magnox power station over recent years, meant local people were concerned for the future prosperity of their community.

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