Greening Wingrove CIC Members Update 6.10.16

The Greening Wingrove Community Interest Company (CIC) is a community co-operative that aims to improve the appearance and social ambience of its area in the West End of Newcastle upon Tyne with the intention of creating a sustainable, inner-city garden suburb, reflecting the diversity of its population as Newcastle’s ‘Rainbow Ward’.

Not already a member of the Greening Wingrove CIC? Find out more HERE

A Future for Nuns Moor Park

nuns-moor-park-park-keepers-houseThe CIC will be holding a public event in late October or early November to start to shape the future of Nuns Moor Park as a community park, and to hear a further report from the City Council on their plans for the future management of Newcastle’s parks.  This will be both a follow up to the public meeting that we held a few months ago, and an opportunity to re-establish a Friends of Nuns Moor Park group.  Date and venue will be announced shortly.Details of the Council’s thinking on parks will be published on the City Council website (go to Cabinet meetings) during this coming week): If anyone would like to be part of a small group to plan the event, please contact Chairperson, Nigel Todd via

Parliamentary inquiry into the role of parks

Parliament is holding an inquiry into the value of parks and has invited people to submit their opinions and thoughts.  Although the deadline for written submissions closed on 30 September, it should still be possible to contribute for a while.  There’s also an on-line survey that remains active.  Details are here: addition, 38degrees have an on-line survey that is a bit broader in scope, and which is also seeking to raise the status of parks as a facility that local authorities have to provide:

Nuns Moor Allotments

Photo credit due to Magpie Newcastle

The CIC has been trying to get hold of firm information from the Freemen about the future of the Nuns Moor Allotments site.  The latest news is that the Freemen have no firm plans to restore allotments in the foreseeable future.  A soil survey is to take place in the Spring of 2017 to test the suitability of the site for growing things, and a decision will be taken following the results of the survey.The Freemen have committed to meeting with the local community to talk about the allotments and other sites, and have suggested that the City Council facilitates the meeting.  We’ll circulate details when, or if, such a meeting is arranged.

Litter picks

The next Greening Wingrove monthly litter pick will take place on Saturday 15 October, wingrove-litter-pickmeeting at the bus stop on the corner of Dilston Road/Studley Terrace, at 11.00 am.  Other litter picks are now emerging in different parts of Wingrove.  For details contact Katrina Jordison, Greening Wingrove Community Organiser, on: or tel: 07954813137

Nunsmoor Children’s Centre Trust Annual General Meeting

nunsmoorThe Nunsmoor Centre Trust is a group of local volunteers who run a lot of different activities for children and families at the Nunsmoor Children’s Centre.  The CIC works closely with the Trust who have been a huge help over the past few years in organising garden festivals and other events.  The Trust’s annual meeting will take place on Tuesday 18 October at the Nunsmoor Children’s Centre at 5.00 pm, and some of the work that happens in the Centre will be displayed.  All welcome.The Trust is also looking to enlarge its Board of Trustees.  This is a very friendly and new members would be welcome.  If you are interested and would like to know more, please let us know via and we’ll put you in touch with the chairperson of the Trust.

Greening Wingrove CIC Board

Lastly, the Greening Wingrove CIC will hold its annual meeting, probably in early December.  It’s an exciting time for Greening Wingrove CICthe CIC as we move into the final year of the Lottery funding for the WEA Greening Wingrove Project and work to ensure that the CIC remains as a sustainable community co-operative dedicated to making our part of the West End cleaner and greener.  Members of the CIC are eligible to seek election to our Board that meets about once a month to oversee, shape and take forward our activities.  If you are interested in joining the CIC Board and would like more information, please contact the chairperson of the CIC:


Fruit on the Tyne Conference November 2016

fruit-on-the-tyne-logoFruit on the Tyne is a conference for community gardens, farms and orchards in the North East on Saturday 5th November, 9:30am – 3:30pm at Nunsmoor Centre, Fenham. NE4 5AH. Click HERE for more info.

Free event with lunch and refreshments provided thanks to sponsorship from the WEA Greening Wingrove Project!

This is the second WEA Green Branch conference on this theme recognising the growing interest and benefits of community growing projects in the North East. The conference aims to support these projects and develop networks. The conference has been named Fruit on the Tyne but will invite groups not only from Tyneside and Northumberland but also Gateshead and County Durham.

The day will provide:

  • Presentations from local groups to share lessons, challenges and experiences from their projects
  • Lunch and Marketplace for stalls
  • Participatory workshops on topics to spark ideas and inspire

To register for the event and see the programme for the day please follow this link:


The organisers look forward to sharing an interesting and inspiring day!