A new planting partnership has blossomed

Alnwick in Bloom and Friends of the Earth started a loose partnership. 'Ruth Sanderson, Martin Swinbank, David Farrar, Rachael Roberts and Lisa Bellamy.
Alnwick in Bloom and Friends of the Earth started a loose partnership. 'Ruth Sanderson, Martin Swinbank, David Farrar, Rachael Roberts and Lisa Bellamy.
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A new project has culminated in a planting scheme at Alnwick Infirmary.

Herbs for Health is a joint effort between Alnwick in Bloom and the Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth, supported by Alnwick Town Council.

The scheme started with the Alnwick in Bloom committee proposing to purchase new tubs to put outside the hospital and doctors’ surgeries on Infirmary Drive.

But the committee did not want to own anything and donated the tubs to the town council, meaning they are properly insured.

Volunteers from the Friends of the Earth planted the tubs with a selection of herbs which have certain healing properties – making the hospital an ideal location for them.

A variety of plants including rosemary, mint, toadflax, feverfew, alkanet, cardoon and evening primrose were used.

More plants are on order and will be put in when they have arrived.

Without the support of Alnwick Town Council the project would not be possible.

Not only did members decide to accept responsibility for the tubs but they have also funded the watering costs for the whole season.

Friends of the Earth are also to apply to Northumberland Estates to allow them to fix an information notice behind the tubs.

l Alnwick in Bloom has a new updated website, which also includes a blog about activities in which the group is partaking.

The site at www.alnwicki nbloom.com also contains contact details about the committee members and offers readers the chance to comment on what has been happening.

There is also a section about the aims of the group and how you can help.