Work taking shape on Ashington park

Work is taking shape on improving a park where famous footballers Jackie Milburn and the Charlton brothers played as youngsters.

Monday, 9th September 2019, 2:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th September 2019, 3:21 pm
Some of the work at Hirst Park, in Ashington.

Yorkshire-based professional nurserymen Johnsons of Whixley have been recruited by Brambledown Landscapes to provide the plants and trees for the latest phase of a multi-million-pound project to revamp Hirst Park.

Johnsons has supplied plants and trees worth £20,000 to the scheme at the Ashington park, which has been funded by a £2.29million Parks for People grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Johnsons supplied more than 50 trees as well as a range of plants including Stipa Tenufolia, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Sedum Spectabile ‘Brilliant’ and a range of rhododendron varieties.

The first stage of the project began in early 2018 with the removal of dead, dying and dangerous trees. The replacement trees were planted over the winter of 2018 to ensure minimum disruption during bird nesting and bat roosting seasons.

Landscaping work carried out by Johnsons’ client Brambledown Landscape Services, and will include the creation of a formal garden, water play feature, horticultural training building and a New Food Circle, operated in partnership with Northumberland College.

Eleanor Richardson, marketing and sales co-ordinator for Johnsons of Whixley, said: “We are really excited to be able to get involved in this project. Our products will bring life back to Hirst Park and ensure it is a place to be enjoyed for many years to come as it has been in the past.”

Brambledown director Paul Curry added: “We have a wonderful relationship with Johnsons of Whixley, who have been supplying trees on our schemes for many decades.

“This prestigious multi-million-pound HLF Park at Hirst in Ashington is one of many large park improvement schemes we have carried out over the years where Johnsons have provided Brambledown Landscapes with trees and shrubs which help transform the park.”

Once the scheme is complete, events will be held at the newly refurbished park to help people learn more about the heritage of the park, the local area and the people in it.