The 18 gardens opening this year spread from Gravel Hill to the west, towards the north-east boundary with the A49 at Greenacres, encompassing Corve Street and the Sandpits estate.
The Vintage Jazz Revival will be playing in the community garden space on the corner of Sandpits Avenue where there will also be a vintage cocktail bar, plus hedgehogs, guinea pigs and chickens for the younger visitors.
At Rockspring Centre there will be a plant stall run by Mynd Hardy Plants, a second-hand gardening book stall and a stall selling beautiful Welsh slate bird feeders and bird tables from Hugh’s Garden. There will also be three gardens exhibiting his bird feeders.
As the names imply, Gravel Hill and Sandpits provided essential building materials for Ludlow as it expanded in the 20th Century – but there is a more topical historic connection. The first ‘Homes for Heroes’ were built in the 1920s on Sandpits Avenue by Ludlow Council for servicemen returning from World War I.
The Corve Street area was the centre of Ludlow’s dyeing and tanning industries and was recognised for its glove production. The history is reflected in the surviving house names along Lower Corve Street.
Greenacres is a pleasant modern development of new houses set between the A49 and Sheet Road. As its name implies it overlooks acres of the Shropshire hillside.