Venue: Scotswood Community Garden, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Date: Sunday June 23
Time: 10am- 4pm
Price: £20 (£12 for Permaculture Association Members)

Lunch and refreshments will be provided

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. 

Nicky sergeant

Meet your Host

Nicky Sargeant is the Play & Youth Manager at Scotswood Community Garden. 

She has spent 25 years working and managing projects in the voluntary youth sector in the North East. 

Nicky has been committed to making informal education activities and outdoor play accessible to all, and has increased the amount of provision and diversity of those accessing Scotswood Garden over the past 7 years.

Meet your Host

Leanne Defty Leanne Defty is the Adult Wellbeing Manager at Scotswood Community Garden, where she supports a number of growing projects including Elderberries for the over 55's and plays a key role in organising garden open days, which are attended by over 400 local people

A keen home grower of food and flowers, Leanne has worked in the voluntary sector for the past decade, seven of those have been for Scotswood Garden, developing and expanding the provision of wellbeing activities and services available to adults in our community. 

Much of her role centres around inclusivity, accessibility and ensuring our team of service users is representative of the wonderful diversity of the west end of Newcastle. 

leanne Defty
chris WB

Meet your Host

Chris Warburton Brown was involved with setting up Scotswood garden in the 90's with Permaculture educator Ed Tyler. He is now on the board of trustees at Scotswood and has a passion for forest gardening.

He worked for the Permaculture Association for 12 years as Research Coordinator and Climate Action Coordinator, where he was part of creating 52 Climate Actions and the Community Climate Coach programme. 

Having attained a PHD in Urban Studies, Chris went on to do community development work in deprived areas of Newcastle for over a decade. 

(pictured with Karen Dobson, CEO of Scotswood Community Garden)

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.



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.