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Launch of the new Cotswolds Garden Route

PUBLISHED: 15:56 11 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:56 11 April 2016

Cotswold Garden Route

Cotswold Garden Route

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To celebrate The Year of the Garden in 2016 and National Gardening Week which runs from today 11 - 17 April, the new ‘Cotswolds Garden Route’ leaflet has been produced to encourage visitors to explore the gardens of the Cotswolds

The A5 Garden Route leaflet folds out to a map showcasing 35 of the many wonderful gardens throughout the Cotswolds area. It also features a calendar of garden-related events throughout the year. The featured gardens include well-known visitor attractions such as Hidcote Manor Gardens, Sudeley Castle and Westonbirt Arboretum. It also includes some lovely hidden gems, such as Sezincote, Misarden Park Gardens and Herbs for Healing at Barnsley House.

The local authorities of Cotswold District, Stroud District, Tewkesbury Borough and West Oxfordshire District have joined together, on behalf of the Cotswolds Tourism Partnership, to produce the new leaflet.

The Cotswolds Garden Route has not been designed as a linear route, but rather a guide for visitors to pick their own route depending on the length of time of their stay in the area. Anna Sanders, Tewkesbury Borough Council Tourism Officer, says: “The Cotswolds Garden Route is a journey through the seasons of our Cotswolds gardens, so visitors can create their own route depending on the time of year, whether they want to seek out the best gardens for beautiful spring bulbs or spectacular autumn colours.”

As 2016 is also the 300th anniversary of ‘Capability’ Brown, visitors can explore the influences of one of Britain’s most renowned garden designers at attractions such as Blenheim Palace, Broadway Tower and Woodchester Park. The free leaflet will be ready for distribution at the new ‘Highgrove The Garden Celebrated’ festival at Highgrove House running from the 11th to 16th April.

Penny Kelly of Highgrove Gardens says: “The new Cotswolds Garden Route leaflet looks fantastic and will be well received by the many visitors that have booked to come to our new gardening festival this week and it is lovely to work in partnership for this campaign.”

The Cotswolds Garden Route leaflet will also be distributed amongst visitor attractions, retail outlets, accommodation and visitor information centres throughout the Cotswolds area, as well as the counties surrounding it.

Cotswolds Tourism wants to encourage visitors to post photographs and chat about their visits to Cotswolds gardens on social media using #cotswoldsgardenroute

For more information visit www.cotswolds.com/gardenbreaks

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