Coronavirus moves Durham garden open day online – these photos won’t disappoint

GARDENERS at one of the most spectacular allotment sites in the country would usually be throwing open the gates to welcome visitors, but this year have had to make use of technology to show off their green delights.

The allotment site under the shadow of Durham cathedral

Tucked away like a hidden oasis, St Margaret’s Allotments on Margery Lane is just a stone’s throw from the centre of Durham City.

Due to the social distancing restrictions the gardeners have been unable to open the allotments to the public for their annual fundraising open day, so instead they have organised a virtual open day, so people can “visit” and see what they’ve been up via their website.

They have also taken some photographs, which we will be featuring over the next couple of weeks.

There are 82 allotments on the five-acre site, which has been cultivated since the Middle Ages and saved from development more than 25 years ago. Today’s gardeners grow flowers, fruit and vegetables.

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Golden raspberries glint in the sunlight on one of the well-stocked allotments on this Durham city centre site

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More produce flourishing on the allotment plot

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Always something to be done in the gardens

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A common red soldier beetle keeping the aphids at bay

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An amazing display on the allotment plot

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An old bench now repurposed as a ladybird hotel on one of the plots at St Margaret’s Allotments in Durham City

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Borlotti beans and borage

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Beautiful blooms draw the eye to the greenhouse at the back of this plot, which is no doubt full of produce

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