Woodland warriors take on overgrown nettles

Golfers in the rough?'No, this is GMDT volunteer John Caffrey and Morpeth Footpath Society Chairman Mick Bell helping to keep the newly made paths in the Bluebell Wood clear of nettles. Most of the wood still has a rich anceint woodland flora but not near the old Asylum because the sewage was flushed into a burn that made conditions perfect for nettles.
Golfers in the rough?'No, this is GMDT volunteer John Caffrey and Morpeth Footpath Society Chairman Mick Bell helping to keep the newly made paths in the Bluebell Wood clear of nettles. Most of the wood still has a rich anceint woodland flora but not near the old Asylum because the sewage was flushed into a burn that made conditions perfect for nettles.
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VOLUNTEERS have been hard at work keeping new woodland paths in good order.

The newly-made paths in Morpeth’s Bluebell Wood were created as part of a £60,000 project to improve public access.

The initiative was led by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust, with funding from Natural England, and it was pointed out to both Northumbria and Britain In Bloom judges during their visits to the town.

However, keeping the paths clear is no easy task.

Most of the area has rich, ancient, woodland flora, but in the part of the woods near the old asylum, sewage was flushed into a burn that made ideal conditions for nettles.

GMDT volunteer John Caffrey and Morpeth Footpaths Society Chairman Mick Bell have been helping to tackle the problem to ensure the woodland can continue to be enjoyed by as many people as possible.