A MORPETH community group has dug in to kick off its 40th anniversary celebrations.
Members of Morpeth Lions Club are looking back to their roots this year as they mark the landmark anniversary so taking part in a little tree planting exercise seemed the perfect way to get the birthday party under way.
The first of its anniversary events and activities was the planting of 40 trees in the William Turner Garden in Morpeth’s Carlisle Park.
The trees have been planted on either side of the steps up from the garden, leading to Ha’ Hill.
And there were plenty of hands to help with the project, with Green Spaces Officer Emma Evans, members of Morpeth Town Council and Northumberland County Council, Ashington Lionness Club members and gardener Mark Nisbet all playing their part.
The initiative aims to provide an attractive new addition to the park for all users and visitors.
Morpeth Lions President Dave Wheeler said: “The Lions International President issued a challenge to all clubs to plant a total of one million trees throughout the world as a means of collectively improving the environment.
“When Lions Chris Offord and Simon Pringle met with Emma Evans, an opportunity presented itself. She had wanted to plant trees linked to William Turner’s Herball book within the garden. These include Dog Berry, Hazel, Quince, Myrtle and Blackthorn.
“Co-incidentally, it was estimated that the area involved would support about 40 trees.
“Lions club members agreed this would be an ideal way of celebrating our 40 years and assist with our International President’s challenge, but also, most importantly, give something different back to the community that has supported us so well.”
Northumberland County Council Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing Ian Lindley, who is also a Morpeth councillor, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the 40th anniversary of Morpeth Lions Club. We thank them for the important work they do in our community and look forward to continuing our support in the future.”
Morpeth Lions Club received its Charter on March 31, 1972, welcoming it to the world’s largest service club organisation.
Since then, it has provided assistance and support to charities and those in need at a local and regional level, including raising valuable funds for Morpeth flood victims, and has been recognised with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The club is looking back on its history through a monthly feature in the Morpeth Herald.
Members are also planning to install a bench in Morpeth to commemorate the anniversary, but arrangements as to its location are yet to be finalised.