Dates and times
£20 or £12 to Permaculture Association Members
Event summary

Join the team at the award winning Scotswood Community Garden to learn about how to engage the local community and to encourage them to participate in your project.

  • Find out about the different projects at Scotswood, including their work with young people, over 55's and dementia friendly gardening groups.
  • Learn from experienced Scotswood Garden staff, as they share how they engage with diverse and hard to reach groups, including their open days, which attract over 400 local residents.
  • 1.5hr tour of our 2.5acre garden and plant nursery illustrating the range of habitats and areas created and how they share the space with the local wildlife.
  • Hear some of our community stories and how you can use this to engage people with your project.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch and plenty of opportunities to share and network with other participants.

Places are limited to 30 people, to ensure that all participants get their individual needs met. 

Tickets cost £20 0r £12 for Permaculture Association members. See the discount page in your membership area on the PAB website or in your member newsletters. 

About Scotswood Community Garden

Scotswood Community Garden is based in an area of economic deprivation and the garden is well used, with over 3000 visitors every year.

It was established in 1995 by Ed Tyler, Scotswood has one of the oldest forest gardens in the North of England, as well as ponds, wildflower meadows, woodlands and accessible gardens.

They run adult volunteering, adult wellbeing, dementia gardening, youth groups, school visits and forest schools, and 4 open days a year.

They also have a business selling juices and preserves, and another growing and selling pollinator friendly plants in our glasshouses and polytunnels, some of which will be available to buy on the day.

Additional venue information


The garden has accessible parking close to the entrance of the building, a wheelchair friendly loo and has wheelchair accessible paths throughout. Quiet spaces are available for you to take time out if needed.

We will be spending at least an hour outside, so bring appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather on the day.

There are bees on site so let us know if you have any allergies

Scotswood Garden is based in the grounds of the John Marley Centre in Scotswood. The garden can be accessed easily on foot, by bike, and by public transport. There is car parking available at the Centr

Public Transport:

Buses 30, 31 and 38 stop on Whickham View just outside of the John Marley Centre (the name of the stop is Muscott Grove).

All three bus services can be joined immediately outside Newcastle Central Station. Journey times vary between 20 and 30 minutes and the services run regularly throughout the day.

The Stagecoach number 1 bus to Slatyford also stops close to the garden on Denton Road just past Excelsior Academy. From the bus stop, walk up the hill to the roundabout and turn right along Whickham View (past a small Sainsburys). Then turn right onto Muscott Grove and enter via the John Marley Centre. Details of all local bus services can be found at the Nexus website.


The garden is a short walk or cycle from Hadrian's Wall Path (a long distance footpath and national cycle route that follows the route of the Roman Wall). Cycle racks are available on site.

Contact name
Kath baker
Event Contact Email
Address of venue

John Marley Centre,
Muscott Grove
NE15 6TT
United Kingdom