A community garden which has provided a gateway to the natural world in an inner city area is celebrating its 20th birthday.
Scotswood Natural Community Garden in Whickham View in Newcastle’s West End covers two-and-a-half acres and has served as a vital green lung in the built-up area.
On Saturday (4th July 2015), the garden behind the John Marley Centre will hold a public day of celebration to mark the anniversary
The event from 11am – 2pm includes a performance from the orchestra of Hawthorn Primary School in Newcastle, cooking goodies in the garden’s bread oven, crafts activities and a talk by Ed Tyler, who designed the garden 20 years ago.
The garden charity is run by co-directors Harriet Menter and Karen Dobson.
It features wildflower meadows, ponds with great crested newts, birch woodland, sculpture trail and a heritage orchard of 60 trees.
It has just launched a food-growing project with grant backing from the Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF), which is run by the Community Foundation of Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.
Demonstration plots encourage local people to grow their own produce and the garden hopes to sell some of its crops to restaurants to generate income.