Sunday, 24 September 2017

Scotswood - a Community Garden that was well worth a visit

On the face of it Scotswood Natural Community Garden (SNCG) and our own PCP Garden might look very different from one another, but what they do have in common are their volunteers who have a great sense of pride in their gardens.  It's not just gardening that brings a happier and healthier community together, it's the camaraderie and the friendships that are made in these great outdoor spaces.  What we loved most on our visit to SNCG was their volunteers who were so enthusiastic about their garden and that they, just like our own volunteers are what the greatest difference is between an ordinary garden and a community garden.


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Scotswood Natural Community Garden is on a two and a half acre site to the west of Newcastle city centre.

We were met by Sean, who is garden officer at Scotswood.  He introduced us to some of the volunteers who made us feel very welcome.


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At the garden entrance is a lovely carved wooden archway, the first of many artistic sculptures which adds a nice interest to the garden. Willow is widely grown and is used for fencing, covered walkways and plant supports.
Sean lead the way and he was very knowledgeable describing the various planting schemes and future plans around this vast site.  Making our way along the winding pathways leading to a fantastic woodland area, we saw loads of apples, nuts and berries on established trees and bushes.


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Three ponds and areas for wildflowers will attract plenty of welcome wildlife. There's also beehives which is great for pollinating the plants while providing the gardeners with honey.

Of course a community garden wouldn't be complete without a vegetable plot and the one at SNCG is of a good size to provide plenty of produce for everyone.


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We had a brilliant time at Scotswood and have brought home many ideas for our own garden at the Pioneering Care Centre. We would like to thank Sean and all of the other volunteers for making our day a memorable one.

Written by David Cockburn






2 comments:

  1. We had a great visit and gathered some great ideas.

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  2. Fantastic to read this blog . We must make an effort to pop in . This is so inspiring.

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