Hopes high for bloom success

Morpeth was at its blooming best on Tuesday when the Northumbria In Bloom judges examined the town's floral diaplays. Pictured in Carlisle Park are ( from left) Town clerk Gillian Turner, Les English from Morpeth In Bloom, Terry Garnick from Northumberland County Council, Alison Jones from Greenspaces, Nigel Lawton from Heighly Gate, judges Maureen Kesteven and David Goodchild and park staff Steve Lambert. Ref: JCMH 230113bloom
Morpeth was at its blooming best on Tuesday when the Northumbria In Bloom judges examined the town's floral diaplays. Pictured in Carlisle Park are ( from left) Town clerk Gillian Turner, Les English from Morpeth In Bloom, Terry Garnick from Northumberland County Council, Alison Jones from Greenspaces, Nigel Lawton from Heighly Gate, judges Maureen Kesteven and David Goodchild and park staff Steve Lambert. Ref: JCMH 230113bloom

MORPETH’S flower power and community cohesion has once again impressed a regional competition’s judges.

Two experts from the Northumbria in Bloom Committee visited on Tuesday to determine their score, as the town looks to retain its Gold award and Best Town title.

The route included the displays along Newgate Street and Sanderson Arcade as well as those at the New Life Christian Centre off Dacre Street, Clock Tower, Rotary Garden, Mafeking Park, Millennium Green, Stobhill roundabout, County Hall, Carlisle Park and Northumberland County Blind Association in Low Stanners, which has also developed a new vegetable plot.

A range of bloom-related activities have taken place and there are new attractions such as footpath improvements in Bluebell Woods and sheep taking up residence at Ha’ Hill to keep the vegetation under control .

The main partners for the bid are Morpeth Town Council, Northumberland County Council, the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade and Heighley Gate.

One of the judges, Maureen Kesteven, said: “I was pleased to see that a large number of displays and projects are going on across the town.

“The various gardens, planters and tubs were very pretty and colourful.”

Fellow judge David Goodchild added: “It was very impressive to see so many people and groups involved in the activities.”

Students from King Edward VI School have got involved by visiting food businesses in Morpeth and learning how to make cakes, ice creams and ‘strawberry kebabs’ for the community.

They are also hoping to make their own honey by setting up a couple of bee hives.

Scouts have been growing vegetables and making scarecrows on their plot at Tommy’s Field allotments, Stobhillgate First School has made environment cards to hand out, new banners have gone up in the Market Place and Heighley Gate has provided backdrop boards to improve the appearance of the vacant Queen’s Head Hotel.

Town Council clerk Gillian Turner said: “The judges’ tour went as well as we could have expected and the sheep on Ha’ Hill woke up on queue.

“It makes my role much easier to have all the different organisations and individuals coming on board with their own projects.”