Club digs deep to spruce up town

EIGHTY new trees could soon be planted in Alnwick, to spruce up one of its most historic landmarks.

The town’s Lions Club has been in discussions with Alnwick in Bloom and Northumberland Estates to donate the trees, as part of a worldwide project by the international charity which aims to see a million planted in the next year.

Together, they have now identified a likely site at the Infirmary Bank, at the side of Column Field.

Sue Allcroft, from Alnwick in Bloom, said: “We don’t think that the site could accommodate 80 trees, but the Lions offered whatever we could use this year, and then perhaps some more next year once we have identified further areas.

“This site has been a bit of an eyesore for several years as Northumberland County Council has waged war on the brambles, but Alnwick in Bloom planted 5,000 crocuses last year and the plan for the trees would fit in nicely to refurbish this part of Column Field.”

Alnwick in Bloom has applied for permission to Northumberland Estates and has passed them a map, supplied by the county council, to show the area in question.

The Estates has suggested planting native species such as hazel, rowan, holly, field maple, wild cherry, hawthorn, crab apple and silver birch.

Sue said: “Such species would provide variation in colour, form, height and provide a valuable food source for wildlife in the autumn months.”

Once permission has been given, a site meeting will be arranged as soon as possible involving all the interested parties, to finalise a planting plan.

Alnwick in Bloom is currently looking for new members and anyone interested can contact Sue by emailing sueallcroft@yahoo.co.uk