Alpine Garden Society
At the recent AGM of the local group of the Alpine Garden Society three national awards were presented.
Barry McWilliams, of Hebron, was awarded the Local Group Award for outstanding service. Barry has organised the plant and seed sales for many years, edited the newsletter, opened his garden — which has featured on Gardeners’ World — to the public, and promoted alpine gardening in the region.
Alan Newton, of Ponteland, was presented with the Anna Griffith Memorial Trophy for achieving the greatest number of wins at the London Alpine Show. He also received his sixth Gold bar for showing.
Alan Furness, of Wooley, won the Kath Dryden Award for meritorious works with a single genus, for propagating, identifying and promoting nationally the Celmisia, a native of New Zealand. Alan also received his 13th gold bar for showing.
All three are long serving members of the North East of England Group of the Alpine Garden Society, which meets monthly at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Ponteland.