Tyneside garden buzzing thanks to Reservists

Reservists from Tyneside loaned a helping hand – or 26 – to help restore a local urban park hit by vandals.

The team from HMS Calliope in Gateshead weighed it at the town’s new ‘Buzzing Garden’, only dedicated in the summer in Saltwell Park.

The garden, a couple of miles from the RNR base on the south bank of the Tyne, was inspired by Swedish horticultural students in Västra Götaland (West Sweden) and created as part of the National Garden Scheme. 

We heard about the damage that was done and we gladly said that we could help out.

Commanding Officer Commander Graeme Deighton

Through Gateshead Council’s Armed Forces Forum, personnel from HMS Calliope agreed to help repairing the damage, re-laying path edging, moving boulders, repairing the water pump, re-planting and painting the pergolas.

“We heard about the damage that was done and we gladly said that we could help out,” said Commanding Officer Commander Graeme Deighton.

“Luckily the weather was on our side and it was a pleasure to assist the National Garden Scheme repairing the garden – it was only opened in August – helping restore it for the public to come and enjoy. We even managed to get some action messing in on site!”