Helping hand for gardens

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YOUNG volunteers helped plant trees in gardens in Durham City, which were laid out more than 350 years ago.

Pupils from Laurel Avenue Primary School and students from Durham University planted apple trees and helped with maintenance work at Old Durham Gardens.

The walled garden and orchard, which lies to the east of the centre of Durham City, relies heavily on volunteer help.

“We have regular help from the schools, the university, and businesses,” said Chris Lee, chairman of the Friends of Old Durham Gardens.

“What we would like to do is bring forward more individuals.

There is a lot more to do than just gardening work, so people need not think it will be all digging and weeding.

“We need volunteers to run the gazebo, do admin work, take minutes at meetings, all sorts of things.

“The gardens has no Facebook page, so someone could help with that.”

Prospective volunteers can contact the friends at, or turn up at the gardens on either Thursday or Sunday afternoon.