This is a re-creation of a Medieval Herb Garden which is based on one which may have been on the site in medieval times as an integral part of St Leonard’s Hospital. As well as access from the original stone steps, a wheelchair ramp has been constructed.
The garden is partially enclosed by wattle fencing and has a working garden area with raised beds for the medicinal plants. An adjoining paved area will be filled with roses, honeysuckle, lavender and other fragrant plants to provide a restful haven of tranquillity. There will also be camomile seats and lawns with a central stone ornament. The two sections will be separated by oak trellising and a rose arch, covered with aromatic climbing plants. Much of the planting will also encourage birds, bees and butterflies. Some of the pathways will be edged with re-created medieval tiles which will be made by volunteers with advice and guidance from a specialist archaeologist.
The project is funded by the SITA Trust from a bid by the New Friends of Northumberland Park in partnership with North Tyneside Council and is a separate project from the Heritage Lottery Park Regeneration Project. For information about the Regeneration Project and the activities of the New Friends of Northumberland Park please see www.e-voice.org.uk/friendsofnorthumberlandpark.
by Mike Coates