A Bradford-On-Avon woman has been invited to experience the delights of Painswick Rococo Garden in VIP style, as part of the celebration of the Year of the Cotswold Garden. Mrs Patricia Parkes entered a competition in the Cotswolds Conservation Board's newspaper, The Cotswold Lion and won.

The prize, is a visit for Mrs Parkes and a group of her friends to the 18th century garden which nestles on the outskirts of the Cotswold town of Painswick.

The competition is part of a year-long campaign, to encourage people to visit and enjoy gardens across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and beyond.

Mrs Parkes said:

"I am so pleased to have won as I have never been to the Rococo garden and I am very keen to visit, so this is a great opportunity to go and have a look. "

The group will enjoy a Champagne welcome with garden manager Paul Moir and Libby Bird, a member of the Cotswolds Conservation Board. They will then be taken on a tour of the garden and have a very special opportunity to harvest produce from the ornate vegetable plot.

Members of the press are invited to attend a brief photo call at the garden's bothy at 2pm. Please meet outside the Coach House shop and restaurant in the grounds.


Notes to editors:

Members of the broadcast media are requested to contact the Cotswolds Conservation Board in advance if they would like to attend. Contact: Claire Cunningham - 01451 862003

The Rococo Garden is situated on the B4073, 1/2 mile outside the village of Painswick and there is a free car park on site. To find out more go to:

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is cared for by the Cotswolds Conservation Board - an independent organisation with 40 members, 17 nominated by local authorities, eight by parish councils and 15 appointed by Government.

The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.

With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the largest of 40 AONBs in England and Wales and is protected to ensure that its beauty and special character are conserved. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.

2007 - Year of the Cotswold Garden runs until the end of the calendar year 2007 and has been coordinated by the Cotswolds Destination Management Organisation (DMO). Readers can check events at and can also print of a set of vouchers for discounted admission to Cotswold gardens.

Press contact: Claire Cunningham - Tel: 01451 862003

(Please note that I am out of the office on Friday 6th and Monday 9th of July. Please leave a message and I will get back to you)

Cotswolds Conservation Board Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3JH

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