Trader steps in to help bid to keep town blooming

A MORPETH trader has stepped in to help the town’s bloom bid.

The deal between the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade and Jeanette Penman’s business to provide troughs and hanging baskets of flowers across the town centre replaces the arrangement with Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre.

But the appeal for assistance continues as the use of a watering bowser is required to keep the plants in tip-top condition.

The move away from Heighley Gate came after it sent the chamber a letter saying it would not provide the baskets and troughs at its usual discounted rate.

The business group had objected to its application to allow more of its floor space to be used for retail and a wider range of goods to be sold and the garden centre said it was unhappy about not getting the chance to speak to members about its proposals as it was a member of the chamber at the time.

Heighley Gate did have a change of heart and said the discount was available, but chamber Chairman John Beynon said it was already in discussions with alternative suppliers.

He said: “After we got the letter we had to look elsewhere and by the time Heighley Gate said the discount was available again it was too little, too late.

“We wanted to keep this local and after looking at a few places we talked to Jeanette’s business.

“We’re very grateful to them for helping out and it’s a fantastic deal for the chamber.”

Mr Beynon added: “We’re now appealing for anyone with a bowser to let us use it over the summer to water the flowers.”