Community Growing Free Family Event

Two community growing schemes will be launched this Saturday at a free family event in Nuns Moor Park.

The event will mark the launch of a new West End Wildflower Corridor, linking Nuns Moor Park to Elswick Park with flowers. The idea is to create a habitat for bees and butterflies, to help plants pollinate, encourage wildlife diversity, make the area more attractive to live in and bring communities together.

The scheme will see local residents grow wildlflowers (some native to the North East) in backyards, street planters, the front of their homes, vacant land and in gardens between the two parks. It is the result of a partnership between Time Exchange, Edible Elswick and Kew Royal Botanical Gardens.

Also, being re-launched is the popular Vertical Veg small spaces growing project, which encourages Wingrove, Arthur’s Hill and New Mills Estate residents to grow herbs, vegetables and flowers in their yards, balconies, and the front of their houses, using techniques which make the best use of available space.

The launch event takes place 1-3pm Saturday 28 April at the Bike Garden in Nuns Moor Park, Arthur’s Hill. There will be stalls, information, demonstration events, family fun, free giveaways and a chance to get involved in Vertical Veg and the West End Wildlife Corridor. All are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

If you can’t make the launch event, but would like to be involved in either Vertical Veg or the Wildlife Corridor, contact Time Exchange on 0191 245 0663 or email