Growing Together

Our new project provides gardening training, work experience and support for people looking to get back in to work, and therapeutic gardening sessions for people with mental health issues. 

Our garden officers, Sean and Leanne, run weekly sessions in the garden providing training and work experience in horticulture and gardening, with tailored individual support to help people develop and progress on to paid employment. Alongside these session we also provide therapeutic activities focused on helping people improve their mental health. The friendly, informal setting of the garden provides a safe and supportive environment where people can grow and flourish! Sessions run on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  This project is supported by Lloyds Bank Foundation and BUPA.

If you are interested in finding out more or want to start volunteering at the garden please contact our Garden Officer Sean: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 0191 200 4706.

Music Garden oooooooh yeah!

We're very excited that Music Garden a family friendly inclusive project is starting in October here at the garden. It will run on alternative weeks to it's sister project Art Garden. Every other Saturday 1.30pm - 3pm, starting October 1st. 

For info on how to get to the garden, click on directions to garden

Please spread the word!

For more information please contact Jim at Sage Gateshead on 0191 4434554


music garden poster

Produce for Sale

Preserves copy copy copy 

Following our apple harvest, the volunteers have been busy making a mixture of jams and chutneys.

To get in the seasonal mood, today they are making apple mincemeat.  Yummy!!

Currently in stock:

Apple & Ginger jam

Crab Apple jelly

Spiced green tomato & apple chutney

Lightly spiced plum jam

All priced at £2.00 per jar. (or buy 3 for £5.00)

Phone the office to check availability: 0191 2004706

Growing Skills Project

Free gardening training for 18 - 24 year olds

free propogation skills, training and Entry level Horticulture courses.

  1. Popogate plants to create a local plant nursery for pollinators
  2. Work and train outside in an informal setting
  3. Make new friends
  4. gain employable skills and an NOCN qualification
  5. Reference for future job applications.

For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sessions run every week.

Team Tasks for 2015/16


The garden is always looking for help with all the larger tasks that need doing in the garden on a yearly basis. If you work for a company in the Newcastle area, why not consider spending a day volunteering with us. We provide all tools and instruction needed and have an indoor space where you can have a break and a nice cup of tea. Please see below for the kind of tasks you could get involved in.

For more information please get in touch with Karen, the Project Director :This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


(Any time of year)

Weeding Pathways and Cutting Back

This task basically involves removing all the weeds from the pathways, raking them up and then mulching under the trees with them. It could be a half day task, or combined with another task, the group could be split in two. The other task would be cutting back branches that are overhanging pathways. Again raking up and mulching under trees/hedges with the clippings.


(June/July or Nov-March)

Weaving/Maintaining Willow Structures

We have a nunber of willow structures around the garden that need weaving in twice a year. This involves taking the new growth and bending and weaving it back into theoriginal structure shape. This could be a half day job, or again could be done with another task, splitting the group in two and then swapping over.

 Lynn willow fence


(End Nov-March)

Pond Maintenance

The ponds in the garden need some of the weeds/plants thinning out over the winter. This can involve dragging some of the plants out from the side, but also may need a couple of people to go into the water in waders. If the ponds are really overgrown some plants may need digging out around the edge of the water. We have a number of ponds in the garden, so a larger group could be split in two.

 Volunteers clearing pond plants


(Late Sept/ October)

Wildflower Meadow Maintenance

In the autumn we need to cut back our main wildflower meadow. We use scythes and sickles to cut back the areas of long grass and wildflowers. We then rake up the cut material and then leave it for about a week to allow any seed to fall back onto the ground. Then we compost it, or use it to mulch some of the vegetable beds. This task would suit a small group, or a larger group could be split in half.



(Early March)

Traditional Hedge Laying

We have a number of large hedges around the site that we are starting to maintain by using traditional methods. Hedge laying involves stripping back side branches from trees and pilling this material up. Then cutting almost all the way through the main stems and laying them down horizontally. Then we use long thin branches to hold these stem in place and finally push some of the trimmed side branches back into the gaps to form a sort of dead hedge. New growth will then shoot up in between this dead material. Once this process is finished it looks really attractive and is a very good habitiat for a wide range of animals and insects. This is a task that would suit a larger group, as there is a lot of work involved.

 Volunteers hedge laying web



Coppicing Basket Willow Area

This area is used for growing willow for projects and workshops in the garden. Every year the willow needs cutting right back to the ground to encourage new growth each year. Once the willow is cut it is sorted into different lengths and then tied in bundles, to be used for weaving projects. This task would suit a smaller group, or a large group split in half which could work on another area of willow maintenance.