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A GARDEN group which meets in Ponteland starts its new season of talks on Monday.

Guest speaker for the North East England Group of the Alpine Garden Society meeting is Emeritus Professor of Botany at Newcastle University John Richards.

His subject is Alpines of the Lake Garda Region, a beautiful part of Italy that is popular with tourists.

The event will take place in St Mary’s Church Hall, Thornhill Road, from 7.30pm. Visitors are charged £2.For more information contact Terry Teal on 0191 413 2574 or email