Garden haven re-opens

Pictured at the opening of the Chantry Peace Garden are piper Maureen Davison, Rachel Williamson from the TIC, County Councillor Val Tyler, Clare Mason NCC, garden writer Susie White, Mayor Nic Best and Suzanna Barlow from The Chantry.
Pictured at the opening of the Chantry Peace Garden are piper Maureen Davison, Rachel Williamson from the TIC, County Councillor Val Tyler, Clare Mason NCC, garden writer Susie White, Mayor Nic Best and Suzanna Barlow from The Chantry.

A tranquil haven to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy town centre has officially re-opened to the public.

The Morpeth Chantry Garden has been closed for flood defence work to be carried out, including the building of a new re-inforced wall.

But now the Environment Agency and Northumberland County Council’s Neighbourhood Environmental Action Team has lovingly restored the plot, with a design inspired by the ‘Father of English Botany’ William Turner.

The 16th Century herbalist lived in Morpeth and attended school at the Chantry.

Local gardening author Susie White cut the ribbon on the fully accessible garden on Saturday.

County Policy Board Member for Infrastructure, Community and Culture Val Tyler said: “This is another great example of agencies working together and I do hope our residents and visitors to Morpeth will find a few moments to sit in the garden and enjoy the peace and tranquillity it brings.”

The garden is open to the public at all times.