Berwick Garden Centre understands how important it is to play a part in the local community. Here’s some recent examples of community involvement:
Horse Time Charity
Established as a charity in the Borders in 2016, Horse Time delivers educational life skills and well-being programmes that help to initiate positive change in people by harnessing the psychological and emotional benefits of working in partnership with horses. These non-ridden equine experiences create opportunities for personal, emotional and relational learning insights by increasing self awareness and helping people to develop clear and effective ways of communicating, ultimately enabling them to interact more successfully with others.
We have recently supported their new garden project with plants, compost, pots and support. Lynda Murray, Garden Centre Manager said ‘it’s such a wonderful local charity and does amazing work with local people using horses for personal therapy for many different reasons. I’m so happy the Berwick Garden Centre could help make this sensory, calming garden for the clients of Horse Time. A nice place to unwind after therapy sessions which will be full or scented plants, flowers and wildlife.’
Adderstone House Gardens (NGS)
On Sunday 18th April we were delighted to have been asked to support Pauline and John Clough, owners of Adderstone House in Belford with their open garden event.
This Victorian house is situated in grounds of 10.5 acres, including gardens, a mill pond and folly, and the owners have recently embarked upon several new projects with Sean Murray, RHS Chelsea Challenge winner. Adderstone House is a major garden development project. It was an area of arable land and pasture until 2007. It now has a number of mature areas, but many new areas will be in development for some years. The sunken garden Is planted to develop a cool, shade loving area and vibrant ‘jewel garden’ next to a child-friendly hobbit hole. It is the first commission for local designer, Sean Murray, since he won the RHS Great Chelsea Garden Challenge.
An orchard and vineyard (200 vines) were planted in 2010. The millpond is host to a myriad of wildlife, birds and insects. The formal garden has yew hedging and broad paths. The fruit and vegetable gardens also host our chickens. A folly and Beth Chatto inspired dry border has been added near the millpond in 2016. A Japanese inspired Garden and Tea House have been developed in 2019 amongst mature cherry trees. Much of the garden is being planned with sustainability and wildlife in mind.
The event was a great success and lots of plants went home with their new owners on the day. It was great to be able to support a great cause and local people, and we hope to be invited back next year.