Tree planting for anniversary

The YHA celebrates its 90th anniversary this year and the Youth Hostel in Berwick, alongside Northumberland County Council, have planted a Katsura tree in Flagstaff Park to kick-off the celebrations.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 7:47 pm
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 7:47 pm
From left, Jennifer Mosley, Kate Dixon and Keith Webster.

YHA was established in 1930 to allow young people to access green spaces and experiences that brought them closer to nature, and the tree planting is a small demonstration of this ideal updated for the 21st Century.

The project’s chief architect was Jennifer Mosley, the hostel's volunteer gardener, who over the years has transformed the hostel grounds into a urban oasis – securing accolades and certificates along the way.

The activity was also a celebration of the community ties that underpin the hostel's work, with active collaboration from Kate Dixon (county council parks officer), Frances Povey (county council green spaces officer) and Jonathan Cameron at Cheviot Trees.

Frances said: “This will add to the many improvements that have been happening on this site such as other trees being planted, new roses and the thousands of new spring bulbs.

“Not to mention the benefit of spreading used hostel coffee grounds to improve the soil in our parks.”

Flagstaff Park is enjoying a great restoration thanks to a committed group of local volunteers and the support of Friends of Castle Parks, and the county council.

Hostel manager Keith Webster said: "This coming year promises to be an amazing one, with events and fund-raising locally and nationally to mark this significant milestone.”