Continuing local environment work

Morpeth Lions win RHS Award

Photograph Lions Les Brindley (left) and Chris Offord receive the Award.

Morpeth Lions have won a Royal Horticultural Society Award for their Commemorative Garden in Carlisle Park, Morpeth.

Two years ago Morpeth Lions planted 40 trees in the town’s Carlisle Park to commemorate their 40th anniversary.  Since then the Lions have kept an eye on the trees progress and have been regularly weeding around the trees to maintain their growth.  This summer they were visited by the Northumbria in Bloom judges and the Lions explained the history of the site and how it is part of a wider display explaining the work of botanist William Turner.

The Lions thought nothing more about the visit until they received an invitation to an RHS “It’s Your Neighbourhood” Awards Ceremony.  Much to the surprise of Morpeth Lions Environmental Officers, Chris Offord and Les Brindley, they were awarded the top level of award “Outstanding”. The Commemorative Garden scored in the top quartile for all three categories of community participation, environmental responsibility, and gardening achievement.

However it is a garden and the work is continuous.  Next week Morpeth Lions are back to plant a further 20 trees and 400 bulbs, the latter donated by the former Ashington Lioness Club.


Morpeth Lions taking a break from the gardening in 2013's maintenance effort which also helped win Morpeth the Northumbria in Bloom title.

L-R Lions Ian Mills, Chris Offord and Les Brindley with Ann Brindley


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