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New ornamental trees


Thanks again to the hard work of Sid Smailes in looking after and improving the Powburn Community Garden.

A couple of weeks ago, Sid rolled the ground to level it – particularly after having a number of mole hills in the garden.

And, just a few days ago, five new ornamental trees were planted. They are Malus ‘John Downie’ – a decorative crab apple.

According to the Royal Horticultural Society website it’s a “vigorous small deciduous tree with an ovoid crown and profuse white flowers opening from pink buds. Fruits abundant, ovoid, 3cm in length, bright red and orange-yellow.”

The trees are well spaced apart and should look splendid after a few year’s growth.

Malus John Downie


  1. Hi graham.dependingvon finance, what about a permanent bbq area.I for one wud be happy to the summer evenings we could then have impromptu “get togethers” which is great for the communiry.

    1. Hi Paul! I personally think that’s a great idea. In fact, someone else in the village had mentioned the same thing only last week. I’ll pass on these comments to Robbie (as Vivce Chair of Hedgeley Parish Council) and to Sid (who is curently doing a great job of maintining and improving the community garden).

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