Everyone is welcome to come along and talk about plants

The striking intense colour of Rhododendron.
The striking intense colour of Rhododendron.

Ponteland is the new venue for meetings of the North East Plant Heritage Group.

Plant Heritage is a country-wide plant conservation organisation which supports the National Plant Collections and the North East group has members from Yorkshire to Edinburgh.

It has regular meetings with a variety of topics for talks and it is coming to Ponteland Memorial Hall since it is an accessible venue with good parking.

Members already have popular plant sales at Kirkley Hall in June and Blagdon Hall in July. In the summer, they are arranging bus trips to gardens in Dumfries and Yorkshire.

The North East has 17 of the National Plant Collections, two of them on the Darras Hall Estate – the Leucojums (snowflakes) and the herbaceous Potentillas.

Kirkley Hall has Fagus (beech trees), Belsay Hall has Irises and Blagdon has Acers or maples, Sorbus and Alnus (alders). The first meeting of the group in its new venue will take place on Saturday from 2.30pm. There will be a presentation on the Rhododendrons at Muncaster Castle and Gardens in Cumbria.

It is open to anyone interested in plants 
and their conservation and both visitors and new members are very welcome.

More information is available from local chairman David Goodchild – call 01661 823145 or email david@potentilla.org.uk