In 2011, to celebrate its 40 years of service, The Lions Club of Morpeth planted a woodland bank in the town’s Carlisle Park to commemorate Morpeth’s William Turner – the father of English Botany. Since then a small team of Lions has tended the trees and generally maintained the woodland. Every year the Northumbria in Bloom judges have visited the woodland as part of judging Morpeth’s entry in the regional competition.
Last year the town was entered in the Royal Horticultural Society’s National Britain in Bloom and won a Gold. Unsurprisingly, the town was entered again this year. One of the judging criteria is the level of community input into Morpeth in Bloom. Once again Morpeth Lions were on hand to meet the judges and explain the thinking behind the woodland, their role in maintaining the space and its benefits to the community.
The woodland is maturing nicely and all seemed to go well with the judging. The result of all the effort by County and Town Councils, local schools and community groups will be known later in the year. Here is hoping for more success.