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The New Friends of Northumberland Park

Saturday 22nd June: the Friends of Northumberland Park are holding a Medieval Picnic with a number of events to mark the official opening of the new Medieval Garden by Mariane Foster of Radio Newcastle’s Garden Mania programme at 11am.  Double click on the poster below to enlarge for details of events and timing:

 

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The New Friends of Northumberland Park are a community group working with North Tyneside Council to improve this local park as a recreational and wildlife area.  So far they have planted a Victorian Border with heritage shrubs and rejuvenated a smaller herbaceous border by planting hostas and hellebores.  Their work has also uncovered and restored an attractive rockery by removing 10 years growth of Wild Garlic and replanting with ferns as it would have been originally.  A previously derelict area close to Tynemouth Station, overrun with brambles and Japanese knotweed, has been cleared and established as a butterfly area planted with a boundary of native trees and shrubs fronted by grassland planted with wildflowers.  More recently work has been carried out to establish a wetland area close by.   Both these areas have been specifically planted to attract a wide variety of wildlife.  There are traces of a medieval hospital on the site which was the focus of an archaeological dig in June 2011.

If you would like to get involved a gardening group meets every Friday 10am at the Bowling Green in the park; alternatively the group can be contacted at sec.nparkfriends@hotmail.co.uk and  the latest newsletter (including details of how you can sponsor bat or bird boxes in the Park) is available here.  If you have not visited the Park recently, do have a look its becoming a great asset to the local area.