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A lovely little new spring time walk for us all to enjoy!

Updated: Feb 25, 2023

Hilary Dunn, Chair of Whitton and Tosson Parish Council, unveiling the sign for the new Grand Fir Walk on Simonside.

In September 2022 Alan Winlow and others completed the designing and planting of a pretty new walk on Simonside.

This short walk runs runs parallel to the Tosson to Lordenshaw road and ends opposite the prominent Noble Fir.

The walk features:

*Grand Fir,

*Norway Maple,


*Downy Birch.

There is also a restored parish council seat and spring flowers.

It will be a particularly lovely walk just now and for the next few weeks. Take a seat and enjoy the beauty! And I for one, (and I know there are many many others), who give great thanks that we have Alan Winlow beavering away, week after week, month after month, planting, thinking, improving, sorting, round and about Coquetdale. He must have planted, literally, thousands of trees by now. He plants on farmland, and on road sides. He is always on the lookout for new places.

The newly planted trees on the Grand Fir Walk are all growing well and will provide an ever-changing feature of interest as they develop in years to come. Of course, the guards will be removed when it is the appropriate time.

Thanks to these Tree Wardens: Alan Winlow, Jane Cheadle, Luisa Trinder, Jo Coulter. They designed and created the walk, and they hope it will be well used by members of our local community and visitors.


Rothbury Tree Wardens, with John Monaghan, Hilary Dunn, and Alan Tait.


From the Simonside Car Park entrance, walk 200 metres down the Tosson road to a magnificent Noble Fir on the left-hand side. The top access to Grand Fir walk is on the opposite side of the road.

The Noble Fir and its companions at the car park entrance were exposed to the full force of Storm Arwen at the forest's edge and proved remarkably wind-firm, (unlike the host of lost Sitka Spruce and Lodgepole Pine).

We hope you enjoy this pretty little walk, with the spectacular views.


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Feb 24, 2023

Oh look. It is the people who tried to get the spar shut down and instead became a laughing stock for local residents.

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