Gardening for Dementia

Our amazing team of volunteers have worked tirelessly over the past few months to create a brand new space in the garden that has been specially designed to be accessible, safe and dementia friendly. It is the perfect, calming place for people living with dementia to carry out horticultural tasks and enjoy being in nature.


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Using this space, we are excited to embark on a brand new project that will use the principles around social and therapeutic horticulture to provide opportunities for people living with dementia and the wonderful people that care for them to forge new social connections and improve their wellbeing. A free, tailored programme of horticultural therapy begins here at the garden in May 2019 for 14 weeks. We're looking forward to inviting a new group of people to our beautiful garden to get their hands dirty, enjoy cups of tea outside, watch the wildlife and help to make our accessible garden thrive! Please contact Leanne to find out more about the horticultural therapy programme and to book a place on it.


In the mean time, a series of outreach sessions and social activities around our local community are being planned - information about these can be requested from Leanne.


Leanne can be contacted on 0191 200 4706 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Big thanks to our funders for supporting our work in making the garden more accessible and our Gardening for Dementia project - Ballinger Trust, Your Homes Newcastle and Kellett Fund. 



BREEZE Forest School


BREEZE is our forest school programme focused on emotional wellbeing.  We have just completed the first year of this project and the evaluation conducted by Newcastle University's Centre for Learning and Teaching can be read by clicking here: BREEZE Report

Scotswood News!

Scotswood News!

  1.  We are delighted that two of our projects have been shortlisted for the Institute of Outdoor Learning national awards. Our Breeze Forest School project led by our Education Manager Harriet Menter,  in the research category and our Elderberries project led by Leanne Defty our Wellbeing  Garden Officer in the Lifelong Learning category. You can vote for us here
  1. Please join us for a family fun day at Denton Dene on Saturday 17th November from 10.30am to 1.30pm. We will be on the field down the hill behind the sports centre. We are very pleased that Baywings Falconry will be bringing along their beautiful birds of prey, there will be a chance to plant trees, help with litter picking, and also our usual woodland games, art and crafts. For more information please contact Amber or Harriet on 0191 2004706.
  1.  As part of our Wildlife Superheroes Project we are collecting your hedgehog sightings. If you have seen a hedgehog in Newcastle or Gateshead please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with the place, time and date and she will input the data into Environmental Records North East (ERIC) to help build up a picture of the local hedgehog population.
  1.  Finally we have just agreed dates for our Forest School Level 1 training in Spring 2019: March 4th, 5th and 7th. For more info contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or see our website


Best wishes,


Tool Donation from Flymo

This week we have received a generous donation of new tools from Flymo. They have given us two long handled fruit pickers, three shears and two loppers. We really appreciate this support from a great north east company!

Flymo has been established since 1964 and is still situated in its original factory in County Durham. Since inventing the original hover lawnmower, Flymo have continued to be at the forefront of innovations within the garden care industry, making them one of the most trusted gardening brands today.