Hall Leys heads for target 100

Matlock plant swop, Wendy Green, Elaine Lovell and Pauline Dean of the U3A gardening group
Matlock plant swop, Wendy Green, Elaine Lovell and Pauline Dean of the U3A gardening group

It was a multi-coloured swap shop at the latest event to mark Hall Leys Park’s centenary celebrations

And there’s plenty more events coming up as part of Hall Leys 100 over the coming weeks.

Gardeners swapped vegetable seedlings, fruit bush cuttings and herb plants at the edible plant swap in the park on Saturday, May 14, organised by Matlock in Bloom and Transition Matlock.

Organiser Ann Hall said: “It went very well.

“There was a steady stream of people bringing and taking away plants who thought this was a good idea.

“It was not a money-making venture, just our contribution to events in the park for the centenary celebrations.

“We were pleased Transition Matlock, U3A and the Wellfields allotments supported us with their tables, it was a friendly opportunity to meet others interested in growing flowers and vegetables to share.”

Also this weekend, Berkshire Bedlam Morris Dancers thrilled crowds with a display in their gleaming white kit and red, white and blue ribbons on Sunday, May 15.

Other Hall Leys 100 events coming up in the next few weeks include a free Family Fun Sports Day to mark National Family Week on Saturday, June 4, from 10am to 12pm.

That evening, there is a sponsored night walk to Matlock Bath to raise money for The Children’s Trust, on Saturday, June 4, at 8.30pm. To book a place contact Joanne on 0115 9326109 or email jbrown@thechildrenstrust.org.uk. Taster sessions for Matlock Bowls Club are taking place in the park between 6pm and 8pm on Friday, May 20 and Friday, May 27.

And on Sunday, June 5, the park will host Transition Matlock’s Big Lunch event.