Morpeth's Secret Garden


Gardens do not stand still and as the Green has matured we have had to make changes to theplanting scheme. For example, the holly tree near the entrance died so we removed it and planted an oak treewhich had been germinated from an acorn collected from local woods in 2000. We took theopportunity to make the entrance more welcoming with spring bulbs, hellebores and hostas.

After ten years the main task has been to coppice and prune the trees in the woodland areaand in the hedge along the Post Office wall. The "hedge" was becoming dominated by cornussaplings and presented a rather monotonous appearance. The entrance area was too shaded bya cherry and an alder.

We decided to take out some trees completely and replace with a variety of evergreen shrubssuch as viburnum and variegated holly.

All this work has been tackled enthusiastically by the Trustees and Friends, aided by agrant from the Community Foundation serving Tyne and Wear and Northumberland who paid fora tree surgeon for a day.

The wildflower area comes to life in 2013.