Scotswood Natural Community Garden

Project Category: Registered charityProject Tags: Art, Biodiversity, Children & young people, Education, Energy, Gardens, Mental Health, Older People and Sharing Economy

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  • Our Story

    We are an award winning independent environmental charity based in Scotswood,one of the most economically deprived neighbourhoods in Newcastle.

    Established in 1995, our beautiful 2.5 acre garden includes wildflower meadows, woodland, ponds, a sculpture trail, heritage orchards and fruit and vegetable gardens designed as Forest Gardens. Our Forest Gardens are some of the oldest in the country, and as a recognised LAND (Learning and Network Demonstration) centre with the Permaculture Association we are a centre of excellence for others to visit and learn from.

    With the Greggs Environmental Grant we aim to start a new community wildlife project working with local people to make improvements to the environment within the garden and in our local area. The project will increase biodiversity of protected species, creating new habitats and managing existing ones.  We will focus 7 threatened species listed in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan which are all found in SNCG (great crested newts, hedgehogs, starlings, house sparrows, common toad, caddis fly and bumble bee ) .

    We will also raise awareness of the range of flora and fauna found in Scotswood and the action people can take to conserve their habitats

    The project also make improvements to the mental health, confidence and employability of people who will participate in this project and reduce their social isolation.

    Throughout the year volunteers will create new habitats -making bug hotels, bird and bat boxes and brush piles and  enhance existing habitats including regular management of the vegetation around our 3 ponds to support the protect great crested newts, pruning the hedges and forest area to enhance habitats of nesting birds, hedgehogs and participate in regular litter picking sessions. They will also  improve our large butterfly garden  by planting new native pollinator friendly plant species to encourage bees and butterflies to live there.

    Volunteers new found knowledge will be shared in through two large community events which will take place throughout 2016 and 2017. 

    We are very excited to be running with project and big thanks to Greggs Foundation to making it all possible 

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    John Marley Centre, Whickham View, Scotswood. Newcastle. NE15 6TT