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Launch event to mark reinstated floral clock in park

The re-planted and now working floral clock in Carlisle Park, Morpeth.
The re-planted and now working floral clock in Carlisle Park, Morpeth.

An event to mark the reinstatement of Morpeth’s Floral Clock will take place on Wednesday.

The feature in Carlisle Park was replanted last Thursday. The plants immediately surrounding the clock came to Morpeth from a specialist grower in Cornwall.

The remaining bare earth will be planted with colourful flowers at some point over the next few days.

Although it is one of only four floral clocks remaining in England, it was under threat before it was repaired by Smith of Derby as its hands had not turned for eight years and the box hedge numerals had blight.

The Friends of Morpeth’s Floral Clock ran a successful campaign to raise the £10,000 required for the reinstatement – this amount also includes the carpet bedding as well as building the surrounds and altering the angle to make it easier to see.

It received support from the Royal Horticultural Society and grants from the William Leech Foundation, local county councillors and the previous Mayor of Morpeth, Coun Nic Best, among others.

The launch event will be held at the clock from 11am. In addition, there will be a free public exhibition in the Corn Exchange of the Town Hall on the same day (Wednesday) between 3pm and 7pm.

There will be photographs of and information about the history of the clock – which presented to the Borough of Morpeth in 1972 – and the campaign to reinstate it, a raffle and refreshments.