Lions dig in again at garden

Pictured at the planting event, from left, are Morpeth Lion Les Brindley, Emma Evans, Green Spaces Officer, Joy Offord, Morpeth Lion Chris Offord and Coun Ian Lindley. REF 2711143261
Pictured at the planting event, from left, are Morpeth Lion Les Brindley, Emma Evans, Green Spaces Officer, Joy Offord, Morpeth Lion Chris Offord and Coun Ian Lindley. REF 2711143261

A community group is continuing to enhance a garden area that was inspired by a famous son of Morpeth, described as the father of English Botany.

Morpeth Lions Club planted 40 trees on a woodland bank in the William Turner Garden at Carlisle Park two years ago to commemorate its 40th anniversary and members are now replacing some of these and adding further species and types of vegetation.

All of the trees on the bank – including Quince, Medlar, Almond and the Strawberry tree – are featured in William Turner’s Herbal work, which was written between 1551 and 1568. He was the first to scientifically describe plants and write about them in English.

Some of them needed to be replaced, so at a planting event last week the Lions put in further species including Spindle, Crab Apple, Pear, Guelder Rose and Rowan.

In the coming days, members will also plant red currant and raspberry bushes and 400 native daffodils on the bank.

They have made regular visits to the site this year to keep the area tidy and the bases of the trees free of weeds.

Environmental officer Chris Offord said: “It is very satisfying to see Morpeth residents and visitors to the town enjoying the William Turner Garden and Morpeth Lions Club is pleased to be able to continue enhancing the area.”

The club recently received a RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood outstanding award for the work that has been carried out in the garden.