‘Growing Newsome’ Takes Root


seed planting

seed planting

On 9th May 2009 over 80 Newsome residents came together to celebrate spring and prepare for summer; plant up herbs, fruit and vegetables; swap plants and seeds; find out where allotments are available and how to get one; and put into action ideas they’d set out in response to our recent research project.


For two hours the Scout Hall was full of people coming and going; seeds were swapped; plants exchanged; queues formed to find out where allotments were available. Council officers had maps and photographs of regenerated allotments; demonstrations explained how to make herb gardens in a pot; children planted pumpkin seeds for lanterns – and learned that they can also be eaten and stored through the winter as well as hollowed out for Halloween! 

Plans were formed for children’s nursery gardens near the Church Hall; residents got advice on growing from experienced gardeners; people found out how to participate in Newsome Ward Timebanking, and would-be growers arranged to meet up with allotment gardeners to learn how to get started in nearby Lowerhouses.

One idea developed – to create a children’s garden from an old boat or dinghy – caught the imagination of many and has led to a search for an unwanted, old boat to become a centre-piece for a new children’s garden in Newsome village. Please contact David Browning with offers on 01484 512551 or email: browning707@btinternet.com


We are planning more activities at Newsome events this summer. If you have any ideas for future activities and projects, please contact us.

Photos of the first Growing Newsome event

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