The new community garden in Pegswood is progressing well.
Designed by Sean Murray of Garden Narratives, the feature on a plot of land at the junction of Front Street and Longhirst Road will reflect the coal mining and brickworks history of the village.
Work has been on-going since the ground-breaking ceremony in May and planting was recently carried out by a team of volunteers from across the community over two days.
The planting will bring colour, scent, shape and form to this space throughout the whole year.
Volunteers came forward from the local Bee Keepers Association, Pegswood Community Action and The Hub, as well as members of the public, both young and old, and Pegswood Parish councillors.
Members of Pegswood with Bothal WI leant a hand and provided refreshments and some residents stopped by on their way home to help plant a few shrubs.
Pegswood Parish Council chairman Paul Williams said: “We’ve reached a big milestone in this project.
“We’ve worked very hard to get to this point and to finally see this space transformed into something we think is unique, impressive and thought-provoking is a very satisfying achievement for all involved.
“It was two days of camaraderie and team-work and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We look forward to completion during August and then being able to enjoy this fantastic space.”
The parish council is extremely grateful to its funding partners in this venture – Big Lottery Fund, Northumberland County Council and local county councillor David Towns, Welbeck Estates and Muckle LLP.
The final stages of work on the garden will be over the coming weeks and an official opening has been scheduled for Saturday, September 8.
The council would welcome volunteers to help with the garden’s upkeep and maintenance. Those interested are asked to call the office on 01670 514299.