Growing a celebration for jubilee

AN ‘edible’ hedge is being planted at an allotment site in North Shields to help mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Allotment holders in Preston Village, with the support of North Tyneside Council, are planning a number of events.

And from 10am on Sunday residents are being invited to help create an ‘edible’ hedge at the allotment site on the Monkswood Estate, opposite North Shields RFC playing fields.

The Woodland Trust has provided 105 saplings, which include sloes, rosehips and crab apples.

Anyone attending is advised to bring a spade or garden fork.

Mandy Price, Preston Village allotment site representative, said: “Tree planting is a fantastic and fun way for us to do something lasting and meaningful to mark the jubilee.

“We hope our trees will help attract wildlife and make a real difference to everyone who will see them. It’s incredible to think that in just a decade, our trees will be as tall as us.”

Victoria Hodson, from the Woodland Trust, added: “We are delighted that Preston Village allotment site is using our free tree scheme to plant more trees in North Tyneside.

“Communities are transforming their neighbourhoods, growing their own fruits and food, creating shade and shelter, and providing new homes for wildlife.

“This year, we are offering more free trees as part of our Jubilee Woods Project to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, and would love more communities to get involved.”

On Saturday, June 2, residents will be invited to step back in time to the 1950s on the Preston Village allotment site.

The event will include gardeners in 1950s work clothes; plots using principles from the era; 1950s gardening and allotment artefacts including tools, posters, gardening books and seed catalogues; and music.