St. Peter's Volunteer Gardeners this summer have embraced time allowed by the Pandemic Lockdown.

And in doing so, have brought a suitably-themed landscaping solution to a problem-plot at the heart of the neighbourhood.

The New Boat Garden opposite the Merchants Tavern on Dobson Crescent is now nearing completion. Its appearance a testament to all the hours and work donated by the volunteers.

For a neighbourhood uniquely located on the Tyne, it is a highly appropriate that a disused and unwanted cabin cruiser should become the focal point of the planting.  And of course, other nautical and beach themes have also been put to good use for everyone to see and enjoy.

The project was supported with landscaping material donations from the neighbourhood branch of Jewson on St. Lawrence Road.  St. Peter's Marina and a nearby neighbour donated the lobster pots, Royal Northumberland Yacht Club Blyth the anchor, Sunderland Maritime Heritage the boat to be recycled, and Newcastle City Council the soil conditioner to help with the planting.  A grant to facilitate this project was awarded to St. Peter's Neighbourhood Association by the National Lommery.