Town bidding for success in bloom events

WORK has carried out to make Morpeth look its best.

Northumbria in Bloom judges have been in the town this week for the competition’s spring judging.

And new projects are also under way to help the Britain in Bloom bid this summer, including the transformation of a Stobhiil-based charity’s garden area.

New recycled plastic containers will be installed in the Market Place as the current structures have been suffering from wear and tear, and the area’s nine schools – King Edward VI High School, Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools, Collingwood School and Media Arts College, All Saints, St Robert’s, Goosehill, Abbeyfields and Stobhillgate first schools – will be brightening them up.

A number of community groups are doing their bit to help the four main partners, which are Morpeth Town Council, Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre, Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade and Northumberland County Council.

Town council clerk Gillian Turner said: “Everyone involved is very excited to make the town look beautiful in what is going to be a fantastic year for the town.

“The new flower containers are being made by the same company that did the new seating in the Market Place and the children’s artwork will be digitally transferred to the panels through a special whiteboard.

“This means they won’t deteriorate like the current paintings, which have been damaged by water.

“It’s nice being in these competitions to show people from other parts of the country how beautiful Morpeth is, but we do all this to give town residents a feelgood factor.

“It’s surprising how many people come to see us just to say how much they admire the tubs, displays and paintings.”

The MS Research and Relief Fund is putting in petal beds full of wildflowers, such as snapdragons, primrose, Californian bluebells and African daisies, in its garden which is currently lacking in colour.

Morpeth Lions Club recently planted 40 trees in the William Turner Garden at Carlisle Park to kick off its 40th anniversary celebrations,.

Morpeth won the Northumbria in Bloom Best Town trophy for the sixth year in a row last year.