Solve exciting mystery during big garden walk

One of the individually crafted flower pot men in different poses which are dotted around the Hepscott Garden Walk.
One of the individually crafted flower pot men in different poses which are dotted around the Hepscott Garden Walk.

IF families go down to a village woods today, they’re in for a pleasant surprise.

And the good news is that a special activity trail, dubbed the Hepscott Garden Walk, is available over the next few weeks as well.

Designed by service users at Hepscott Park Horticultural Skills Unit (HSU), the experience is a treasure hunt with a difference and encourages local families to explore a variety of local wildlife on-site whilst trying to solve a mystery word.

Open daily and with free admission throughout the summer, the walk includes lots of exciting points of interest to discover such as an insect house, bird boxes and a wormery.

Those taking part must find hidden letters placed around the site to form a mystery word to complete the trail.

Pamela Robson, assistant manager of Hepscott Park HSU, said: “If you are looking to take part in some outdoor fun with your children this summer, then our Hepscott Garden Walk could be just what you are looking for.

“Suitable for children of all ages, families taking part will be able to explore the beautiful woodland location we have to offer at the HSU and get closer to nature by spotting the local wildlife we have on-site.

You’ll also meet some of our wonderfully crafted flower pot men made by our very own volunteers.”

Located just a few miles outside Morpeth, Hepscott Park HSU is teaming up with Hepscott Park Garden Cafe this summer to hold its first ever programme of activities.

Managed by Northumberland County Council, the HSU provides work experience in horticulture for adults with learning disabilities as well as growing a wide range of plants on-site for sale to the public.

Susan Dungworth, portfolio lead for adult care and health at the county council said: “The garden walk promises to be a fun activity for all the family to enjoy and is a credit to the creativity and skills of the service users, volunteers and staff who have designed and developed it.”

For more information about events and activities at Hepscott Park, call 01670 514255 or visit the website

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