Nuns Moor Park
Nuns Moor Park is located in the ‘inner west’ end of Newcastle upon Tyne, just a 15 minute walk from the city centre on Brighton Grove.
Established in the Victorian era, the park was used mainly for leisure activities for the local community. It originally had three bowling greens and a space dedicated to playing quoits, as well as a popular band stand and plenty of space for walking and gathering with other residents.
The park has gone through many transformations over the decades. Although its shape and function is very similar today as when it was set up, it now serves the most diverse local population in the North East.
‘Bird Cage Walk’ was renewed within the last 10 years as the central walkway through the park linking Brighton Grove with Nuns Moor (part of the Town Moor), and is well lit with stylised wrought iron decoration similar to original style first installed over 100 years ago.
The park plays a major role in its immediate neighbourhood as vital green public space for all generations to use. From dog walkers, to families having picnics, to young people meeting up and children playing, this is well loved and well used space for all. Volunteers have recently planted new trees and bulbs. The practice of holding festivals in the park has been revived, with the more recent addition of outdoor markets.
The importance of the park has inspired many people to come together to work co-operatively to safeguard the park’s future.
Located at the western edge of the park, the Bike Garden is an enclosed space managed directly by Greening Wingrove & Arthur’s Hill. Once a former bowling green and clubhouse, it is now a vibrant community garden run by residents and volunteers with indoor and outdoor space to hire for parties, meetings and community activities, along with its own outdoor pizza oven. It also serves as a hub for cycling in the city, a centre for wildlife education, a space to enjoy and learn about gardening and to meet others living locally.
The Friends of Nuns Moor Park is a loose association of Wingrove and Arthur’s Hill residents and park users who take an active interest in looking after the park as a whole. They provide a voice for park users, organise weekly resident-led volunteer litter picks, hold monthly park planting days and lobby for improvements. The group works closely with Urban Green Newcastle, the body that oversees management of the majority of the city’s parks and allotments.
We actively encourage involvement of local people in helping keep the park as a space that all can enjoy. Either get in touch with us through the links above, or use our contact form. Whether you’re new to the area or a longstanding resident, we’d love to hear from you.
updated 20 January 2020