Introduction to Permaculture Course

The Course runs on Monday October 23rd and Tuesday October 24th 2017, from 9.30am til 4.30p mon both days. The course will be held at Scotswood Natural Community Garden in Newcastle. You can see more about the venue at including directions.

The Course will cover an introduction to permaculture design strategies, an exploration of some commonly used permaculture ethics and principles, demonstration and practice of two design tools, a presentation about permaculture projects and some practical methods of permaculture gardening. There will be a variety of teaching methods - discussions, exercises and practicals. In the meantime if you wish to know more about what permaculture is then please explore the Permaculture Association website

You'll need to provide your own lunch but we can provide all cutlery and plenty of drinks.

The course costs £80 in total. If that might be beyond your financial abilities or you might struggle to pay that fee then please let me know and we can discuss options such as paying partly in time and part cash or spreading payments over a period of time.To confirm your place on the course please send a bank transfer of £20 minimum deposit to secure your place. You can, if you wish, pay the full amount straight away. Our bank details are:

Account Name: Abundant Earth (Durham) Limited Name of Bank: Co-operative Bank Address of Bank: P.O Box 250, Skelmersdale, WN8 6WT Account Number: 65209419 Sort Code: 08.92.99

Please let me know via email when you do a bank transfer and use your name and “intro pc” as a reference that will then appear on our bank statement. Once I have received your deposit then I will confirm that you have booked a place on the course.There has been quite a bit of interest in this course already, so I am certain it will go ahead but I will confirm when the minimum number of bookings has been reached. If the course is cancelled due to low bookings then I'll inform you and your deposit will be returned.If you have any further questions then please do ask. I look forward to your booking confirmation and your attendance on the course.

Yours Wilf

Abundant Earth


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.

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.

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Sessions run every week.

Music Garden - in partnership with ARTS CONNECT

Music Garden, a family friendly inclusive project, runs on alternative weeks to it's sister project Art Garden

Come along and explore the Garden and join with others to make nature inspired music using a wide range of instruments and things we find around the Garden. This is a very relaxed session, and our activities are especially designed to meet the needs of young people with disabilities and their friends and families. Alternatively, if you're not in the mood to make music, you can simply enjoy exploring the Garden! 

Every other Saturday 1.30pm - 3pm, see the calendar for details. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to register your child please contact Keith from Arts Connect on 07981149646 or Nicky at SNCG on 0191 2004706 or nickyThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Produce for Sale

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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