New features for plot following flood works

Children at Goosehill Private Nursery had an input into the re-design of their allotment after flood scheme work. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Children at Goosehill Private Nursery had an input into the re-design of their allotment after flood scheme work. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Green-fingered youngsters at a Morpeth nursery are making the most of their ‘blooming marvellous’ newly designed allotment.

Goosehill Private Nursery’s plot at the Middle Greens site was disturbed during works by the Environment Agency and Northumberland County Council to protect homes in the area in the event of a flood.

It was used as a vital access point for workmen removing an existing embankment and replacing it with a flood wall as part of the various town centre projects for the £27million alleviation scheme, which took place over a two-year period.

But now youngsters are digging into their new garden just in time for summer after a landscape architect from the Environment Agency worked with staff and children to redesign the plot.

Project manager for the organisation, Vanessa Collins, said: “Although the children were without their allotment for months during the essential works, the plants there were transferred into pots to ensure they could be re-planted in the new layout.

“The re-design of the plot has introduced raised beds and there are new spaces for the children to enjoy.

The nursery’s deputy manager Jan Clark added: “We were delighted at how closely the Environment Agency worked with us over the reinstatement of the allotment and how the architect incorporated the children’s ideas in his design.

“The children felt their ideas were being valued and, as a result, they feel a strong sense of pride and ownership of their completed allotment.”