Group helps enhance a woodland

A charitable organisation is helping to enhance a woodland bank in south east Northumberland.

Morpeth Lions Club is working on the bank in the Carlisle Park garden that was inspired by William Turner – the father of English Botany.

The club planted 40 trees in 2012 to commemorate its 40th anniversary and is now replacing some of these and adding further species and types of vegetation.

All of the trees on the bank – including Quince, Medlar, Almond and the Strawberry tree – are featured in William Turner’s ‘Herbal’, which he wrote between 1551 and 1568.

Members of the Lions Club have cared for the trees during the summer, volunteering in the William Turner Garden and keeping the area tidy and the bases of the trees free of weeds.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member responsible for streetcare and environment at Northumberland Council, said: “It’s a great boost for the William Turner Garden and Carlisle Park to have the Lions Club helping out and providing trees, fruit bushes and bulbs.

“Volunteers really do make a great difference to the park and the trees are a brilliant way to tell another aspect of the story of William Turner.”

Morpeth Lions Club has also recently won an RHS Outstanding Award for its work at the William Turner Garden.