An oasis of tranquillity in the centre of Morpeth which was devastated by flooding has been lovingly restored to its former glory.
Designs for the Morpeth Chantry Garden were inspired by the father of botany and one of Morpeth’s most famous residents – William Turner.
The new garden, directly behind the Chantry in Bridge Street, is now completely accessible to all members of the public.
The Environment Agency has incorporated a flood defence systems into the garden, which overlooks the river Wansbeck, including a re-inforced outside wall, protecting the Chantry building against any future flood damage.
The garden has been restored by the Northumberland County Council neighbourhood environmental action team (NEAT) in partnership with the Environment Agency after the devastating floods in 2008.
Local gardening author Susie White, who cut the ribbon to mark the official opening, said: “The garden reflects its strong links with ‘Father of English Botany’ and proud Morpeth resident William Turner and will make a perfect retreat for or anyone visiting the town.”
Northumberland county councillor Val Tyler, policy board member for infrastructure, community and culture, said: “The garden is beautiful and the NEAT team have done themselves proud in bringing to life the designer’s vision.”
The garden is open to members of the public at all times. The Chantry’s is open 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.