National Tree Week marked at Bolam

Northumberland County Councils Chris Slaughter, Bolam Lake 200 development officer, Coun Alan Sambrook and Coun Ian Swithenbank.
Northumberland County Councils Chris Slaughter, Bolam Lake 200 development officer, Coun Alan Sambrook and Coun Ian Swithenbank.
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Two hundred new trees are popping up across Bolam Lake Country Park as special guests continue to help to mark 200 years since the creation of the lake and its surrounding landscape.

Last week, National Tree Week was marked at the park when Northumberland County Council’s civic head, Coun Alan Sambrook (centre), and cabinet member for local services, Coun Ian Swithenbank (right), planted a new native oak tree outside the visitor centre. They are pictured with Chris Slaughter, Bolam Lake 200 development officer.

Coun Sambrook said: “Trees are a vitally important part of our natural environment and I’m delighted to be able do my part to help ensure the future of Bolam Lake and the beautiful surrounding woodlands for future generations.”

Other guests who have helped out with tree planting include local councillors, members of the park’s Friends group, monks from Harnham Buddhist monastery, and Lord Decies, the 7th Baron Decies, whose family originally commissioned the renowned architect John Dobson to design and build the lake and plant the surrounding woodlands in 1816.

Celebrations at the park have been in full swing throughout the year thanks to a £55,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) which is allowing the council to plant the new trees, as well as to host public events, provide new visitor information and interpretation, and improve the path network around the lake.

Coun Swithenbank added: “Bolam Lake’s 200th anniversary is such a big milestone and it’s a true honour to be able to share these celebrations with so many partners, special guests, visitors and residents.”