An appeal has been made for volunteers to help out with spring planting at two parks currently undergoing a £1m transformation.
The main contract work on the Berwick Parks Project will be finished over the next few weeks and then it will be the turn of green-fingered enthusiasts to do their bit.
Planting of Castle Vale and Coronation Park - located on either side of the town’s railway station - will take place next month under the supervision of the park ranger/gardener.
Kate Morison, parks manager, said: “Planting will take place in April. After that there will be general gardening opportunities and opportunities to volunteer with events, especially the launch in July. All individuals and groups will be welcomed under supervision.”
The refurbishment of the parks has been made possible thanks to a £890,700 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Additional funding from Northumberland County Council and Berwick Town Council, with support from Castlegate Area Resident’s Association (CARA), has taken the project to just under £1m.
Work started with the removal of some dangerous trees last March but the main project started in September.
Footpaths, steps, railings, entrances, access, shelters, garden spaces and seats are being upgraded, while water and lilies will return to the lily pond in Castle Vale Park.
Signage and information will be provided in each park, with the aim of bringing the parks back to life and back into the heart of the Berwick community.
Councillor Ian Swithenbank, the council’s policy board member responsible for parks, said: “We are pleased that the main contract work is progressing well – particularly since this is being carried out over the winter months.
“We are looking forward to completion of this phase of the project, and to continuing to work with partners Berwick Town Council and CARA to ensure the whole project meets the needs of the residents and visitors to the town.”
An application for Green Flag status is being prepared.
To get involved contact Kate Morison on 07876 398026 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org