The Alnwick Garden

The Alnwick Garden is a complex of formal gardens adjacent to Alnwick Castle in the town of Alnwick, Northumberland. The garden was designed by Beligian garden designers Jacques and Peter Wirtz with The Duchess of Northumberland being the driving force behind its creation in 1997. The garden opened to the public in 2001 with a reported total development cost of £42 million.


Scot is pleased by this rare honour

A Scotsman who has helped drive some of the biggest regeneration projects in the North-East is now a fully-fledged Northumbrian.

Police van in crash

A police officer has been suspended from driving while an investigation looks into an accident last week when a patrol van responding to a 999 call was in a crash an oncoming car in County Durham.

Kippers are a hit on the web

A traditional smokery is building up sales around the world with a little help from a Northumberland technology business.

Alison carves out a spot among the business top 50

A woman who triumphed over stress and depression to create a successful crafts business has been named one of the country's Top 50 business heroes.

European cash brings rosy future for tourism

One of the most inspirational developments for decades, The Alnwick Garden has rapidly become a leading light in the North East's drive to promote itself as an exceptional destination for tourism, culture and learning.

Pupils enjoy a day in the country

Hundreds of schoolchildren learned how their food gets from the farm to their plates at an Education in the Countryside Day, held at the Glendale Show Ground near Wooler in Northumberland.

All eyes will be on Miss China at the Garden

Three billion eyes will be focused on a Northumberland tourist spot next month, when it plays host to a key stage of the Miss China competition.

Here's a chaser for the rum!

A brew which was last bottled almost 50 years ago is about to make its comeback.

Police hunt for vandals

Police in Lanchester, County Durham, are hunting vandals who caused damage to 10 cars estimated at thousands of pounds.

Innovation at Garden

A double launch took place last night at The Alnwick Garden which bodes well for art lovers and producers in Northumberland.

End of the road for tourist `train'

A popular tourist transporter in a Northumberland market town has been taken off the road, because of a row over parking.

Duchess looks abroad for funding

One of the North's flagship tourist attractions is looking abroad for £42m to help fund its completion.

Prose that smouldered

Firefighters were called to a Royal Mail call centre yesterday [THURS] after a book caught fire.

Breast still best for little ones

Health experts in Northumberland have launched a campaign to convince new mums that breastfeeding is ideal.

Charity to take a walk in garden

A leading charity will be aiming to raise thousands of vital pounds this weekend, when scores of walkers converge on a Northumberland visitor attraction.

Poems from The Garden

In The Alnwick Garden's secret places you can listen to music and poetry as part of a sound installation project by writers and musicians.

Tourism's top brass get out in the fun

Top brass from the world of tourism are changing places this week, to get closer to the North-East attractions they are helping to promote.

Man killed by train

A man died last night after he was hit by a Metro train at the coast.

Homes bid in trouble

Planners at North Tyneside Council are recommending rejection of a bid for houses and industrial units at Benton Square Industrial Estate.

My place

Pr agency owner Kari Owers speaks to The Journal on the places and people which mean something to her.

Save energy save money

Students at New College Durham will be invited to learn lessons about climate change when ClimateDome arrives on campus - with energy efficiency tips that could save them £300 a year.

Woodhorn director to stand down

A globe-trotting museums expert who spearheaded the creation of a flagship new tourist attraction in Northumberland is leaving just six months after the £16m complex opened to the public.

Who is your champion of the North?

The search is on for this year's champion of the North-East whose "bold endeavour" has bought credit to the region.

Blue sky sunshine for all the holiday fun

Glorious sunshine and blue skies gave families an early taste of summer yesterday as they flocked to a variety of Easter Sunday events across the region.

A good life for kids down on the farm

They say you should never work with children or animals, but it's proving to be an excellent combination according to families visiting a North farm over the Easter break.

Todays Diary

9am: Continental Market at South Shields Market Place.

Garden cultivates learning zone

An open-air classroom has been created at the Duchess of Northumberland's Alnwick Garden to help local people grow vegetables and learn about the importance of healthy eating.

Nominations sought for Hotspur Award

The Northumbrian Association is again asking the people of the North-East to nominate an individual for the Hotspur Award.

More reasons for the Percy Lion to lick lips

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The straight, stiff tail of the Percy Lion is getting ready to wag.

Waifs and strays right at home with Duchess

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Garden site homes bid

A derelict garage site on the main entrance to a historic Northumberland town is being lined up for new housing.

Alison cuts through to the joy and vitality of flowers

It hadn't been Alison Best's intention to devote herself to developing the art of stenciling.

Gate expectations for derelict diner

A village is in line for a £5.6m hotel and visitor centre project aimed at tapping into Northumberland's booming tourism market.

Businesses lead way in helping the disabled

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Businesses in the North-East are leading the way in getting disabled people back into work, according to JobCentre bosses.

Take a garden stroll along the bridal path

One of the North's top tourist attractions will soon be helping its guests tie the knot, after being granted a licence to conduct civil ceremony weddings.

Non-food crops are on menu

Farmers will be serving up crops with a difference at a special farmers' breakfast event at Alnwick Gardens today.

Postcode focus - NE66

Northern Delight - It was recently described as the best place to live in Britain.

Tastes of the other gardens include:

Chesters: The central part of Chesters mansion and the walled garden were built in the 18th Century.

Garden myth scotched

Environment Editor Tony Henderson on great gardens which give so much pleasure.

Gardens viewed in a festive light

Visitors got into the festive spirit when a top North tourist attraction turned on thousands of glittering bulbs.


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