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Hogarths Stone Manor wins Gold heart of England in Bloom Award

Hogarths Stone Manor, which lies in 27 acres of gardens and grounds near Kidderminster, has won a top Gold Award in the Heart of England in Bloom Hotel and Pub Gardens campaign.

A Gold Award is given to exceptional achievers who have demonstrated a consistently high standard in all areas of the judging criteria and objectives of Britain in Bloom.

Special features include a new orchard and ornamental and rose gardens, as well as the Walled Garden, which is home to fruit trees and herbs, while tomatoes are grown in the greenhouses; all used by the chefs for their menus. A profusion of wild blackberries, which grow in the grounds, are also used in the kitchen to make jams, sorbets and seasonal treats. Other areas feature managed woodland with protected trees as well as Scots Pine, Larch and Oak.

Even the needs of little ones have been considered with the creation of a children’s play area near a wooded part of the gardens to encourage youngsters to go outside and explore the hotel’s grounds.

Throughout 2016, the newly upgraded Tudor style hotel, has been celebrating Visit England’s Year of the English Garden with a series of outdoor events. These have ranged from garden tours and festivals to dog shows and a local schools’ initiative to design outdoor mini-planting schemes.

Delighted with the Gold Award General Manager, Beverley Molmans said; “This fantastic award is a credit to our Head Gardener, Andrew Raybould, who has worked tirelessly in all weathers to ensure our gardens and grounds are looking their very best for our guests to enjoy”.

For details or to book a stay at Hogarths Stone Manor call 01562 777 555 or visit www.hogarths.co.uk/hogarths-stone-manor; information about the Heart of England Britain in Bloom awards can be found on www.heartofenglandinbloom.co.uk.