Flower basket workshops at Hepscott Park

Children can say it with flowers this Mother’s Day, thanks to horticulture helpers.

Flower basket workshops will take place at Hepscott Park Horticultural Skills Unit this weekend to help create homemade gifts for the special day.

The people at the Horticultural Skills Unit have put a great deal of time, effort and care into growing the plants.

Susan Dungworth Northumberland County Council Policy Board Member for Adult Care

The unit is run by Northumberland County Council to provide vulnerable adults with learning disabilities with opportunities to learn horticultural skills, meet other people and develop self-esteem, while preparing for future employment.

The workshops will include hands-on support from a resident plant expert and any proceeds will be re-invested into the service.

All plants are grown from seed or cuttings so they tend to be hardier than European imports.

Northumberland County Council Policy Board Member for Adult Care Susan Dungworth said: “The people at the Horticultural Skills Unit have put a great deal of time, effort and care into growing the plants.

“This event will be fun and informal, and open to all ages. I hope that local people will come along and support the work.”

The workshops will last for about 45 minutes and sessions run throughout Saturday, between 10am and 3pm.

They cost £4.50, including a basket or container, plants and refreshments in the on-site cafe.

To guarantee a place at your preferred time, book in advance on 01670 511560.

• For those wishing to make their own Mother’s Day card, a Morpeth bookshop could be worth a look.

Waterstones in Sanderson Arcade is offering card-making activities this Saturday and Sunday, as well as on Saturday, March 14, the day before Mothering Sunday.