See how your garden grows best at special event

The bandstand area at the KEVI Botanical Project.
The bandstand area at the KEVI Botanical Project.

Green-fingered residents can find out more about getting the most of their gardens.

A ‘Gardening Matters’ evening event will have topical advice for gardeners from plant experts. It will take place on Thursday, September 17, at Heighley Gate Garden Centre from 6.30pm to 9pm.

The evening offers wine and canapés, expert advice, a raffle and some special shopping opportunities afterwards.

Tickets are £10 and available from Heighley Gate, Morpeth Town Council and King Edward VI school.

It is part of a partnership between Heighley Gate and King Edward VI High School to raise funds for the school’s Botanical Garden project.

Staff from the garden centre are working together with the school on a number of long term projects to design and build diverse gardens for the whole community to enjoy.

During the early part of the summer term, Heighley Gate began their partnership work with the school by supporting the school council’s Sunflower Project to welcome new students into the school this September.

Heighley Gate volunteers also helped to complete the second phase of planting around the Bandstand area and then went on to offer additional soil and plants to help students develop a cultural garden in the same area to celebrate a cultural exchange visit between students from KEVI and Morpeth School in London.

In the final part of the summer term, 340 Year 10 students and staff from KEVI worked with Heighley Gate manager Adrian Drake and community manager Sarah Tait and representatives of the Morpeth In Bloom team to support an enterprise event at school where they launched a competition for a pop-up garden.

The prize-winning group consisted of Aiden Taylor, Thomas Sanderson, Thomas Earl, Nathan Rutter, Alex Woods and Matthew Duggan and they received £100 worth of plants and gardening assistance to plant up their winning design entitled The Northumberland Garden.

In readiness for this school term, Heighley Gate staff volunteered their help over the summer holidays and worked alongside Professor Alan Davison, staff and students to make a start on developing the new Mulberry Science Garden situated next to the new science labs.

Three raised beds are now in progress with an exciting array of specialist plants to help bring science alive for the students.

Further plans are in place to develop more specialist areas throughout the new academic year.

The next project with the school will be to work with sixth-form volunteers and landscape the old ski slope area so that it ties in with the new community hub developments and the observatory that the students have developed.