Winning feeling keeps on growing

The Trustees from Morpeth's Millennium Green are celebrating after being awarded their 9th Green Pennant Community Award in a row.
The Trustees from Morpeth's Millennium Green are celebrating after being awarded their 9th Green Pennant Community Award in a row.
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A POPULAR public garden in Morpeth is getting used to that winning feeling.

The Old Bakehouse Millennium Green off Newgate Street has received a Green Flag Community Award, formerly a Green Pennant, for the ninth year in a row.

Tireless work from trustees and volunteers has transformed a piece of derelict land into one of the country’s best facilities.

There are a variety of plants and flowers along with habitats for wildlife.

It is managed in an environmentally friendly way and there is plenty of seating and good wheelchair access for visitors.

Chairman of the trustees Val Stevens said: “We are very proud because I don’t think there are many millennium greens which have won this award every year it has entered.

“It gives us a lot of satisfaction that we continue to meet the criteria and it’s an excellent reward for everyone’s hard work.”

In recent months funding has been secured to employ a tree surgeon to replace hazel trees with a range of evergreen bushes and shrubs, which will provide different shades of green to this section of the garden.

Two overgrown trees have been cut down, an artistic trellis has been installed to make the wall more attractive and a paved path is in place which goes to the back entrance of Gebhards.

“We are always looking at new ways to maintain our high standard so we can keep on winning the award,” added Mrs Stevens.

Green Flag judges carry out rigorous inspections of the candidates, looking at criteria such as a welcoming place, good cleanliness and maintenance, sustainability, conservation work and heritage, community involvement and management.