Wildlife gardening and growing – Tuesday 29th October 2013

wild about gardens week 25th to 31st October 2013Wildlife gardening and growing
Tuesday 29th October
From 1pm to 4pm

Join the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for an afternoon of activities and advice on how we can feed ourselves as well as the wildlife in our gardens. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to show you how to plant a hedgerow bursting with berries and blossom. You can also find out how planting spring bulbs can brighten up your spring garden and feed the bees. Collect your free seeds to grow some super insect friendly herbs and flowers in your garden and veg patch.

Venue: Stirley Community Farm, Huddersfield.
Booking: Please call 01904 659570.


Community Garden get-together – 7th August 2012

Herb planter outside Raymon Carroll butcher's shop, Newsome

Growing Newsome herb planter
outside Raymond Carroll’s shop on Towngate

Community Garden
off Occupation Road

Tuesday 7th August
10.30am to 12 noon

We’ve had mixed fortunes with our vegetable planters in Newsome village so far. Our herb planter outside Raymond and Jenny’s shop on Towngate seems to be thriving in all the rain. We hope you’re enjoying the fresh herbs there, including borage, fennel and oregano.

The Community Garden on Occupation Road isn’t looking quite so good though – it’s getting overgrown again and needs a bit of care and attention.

Growing Newsome participants and volunteers from Stirley Farm are meeting at the Community Garden on 7th August for a bit of a tidy up and a chat. Please come along if you can spare an hour to give the garden a helping hand.

We’ll be getting some more planters for Church Lane soon, and we’d like to have a regular get-together to keep things well looked-after. Please let us know if you’d like to join in. We’d also love to hear your suggestions about what you’d like us to plant. More herbs – or something different?

If you have any suggestions, please leave a reply on this page or email growingnewsome@gmail.com

Food and Flowers in the ‘Secret’ garden

Thursday 7th June
10am to 12 noon

Hall Bower Chapel Garden

One Friday morning in the Easter holidays, a group of budding gardeners came to the Chapel Garden to sow seeds in the veg patch and bee friendly flowers in the borders. The garden has been lovingly maintained by Malcolm Ford and Karina Hepworth, and flowers and foliage are often used by the flower arrangers for church. In April a new set of volunteers came in to lend a hand and learn about this beautiful ‘secret garden’.
On hand to help was Kim Warren from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Stirley Farm.

We hope the garden will help show us how to grow fruit and veg in our gardens, as well as helping wildlife from the surrounding fields. We would love you to come to the next planting session in this little haven (and sample some of the salads!) Tools and guidance provided – please bring stout shoes and outdoor clothes.

Plant a fruit tree in your garden for £5


apple tree

The 1,000 Trees Project is collaboration between Kirklees Streetscene Service (Parks and Landscapes) and Newsome Councilors, funded through the Area Committee. The object of the project is to plant 1000 fruit trees across the ward. These trees will bring many benefits to the area including improved landscape quality, improved diets and physical activity levels for locals who pick the fruit, additional wildlife habitat for some endangered wildlife species and also a reduction in pollution levels.

Phase 1 involved the planting of fruit trees across Newsome Ward on council owned open green space. Phase 2 involved 60 apple trees being planted in house gardens across Newsome Ward by the householders.  Phase 3 will again enable any Newsome resident to plant a fruit tree in their garden. Residents will be offered one fruit tree at the reduced price of £5. This offer will also include a tree stake, tree tie and planting / care instruction sheet. The money collected will then be used to provide plants for a proposed herb corridor along a public footpath in the Newsome Ward.

Julian Faulkner, Kirklees Allotments Manager / Social Forestry Officer and Councillor Andrew Cooper will be at the

Growing Newsome Seed Swap on Saturday 3rd March, 10am to 3pm at Newsome Scout Hall

to distribute trees and  to offer advice to those wishing to take part.



Community Garden get-together – 29th November 2011

Community Garden get-together
Tuesday 29th November
1.30pm to 3.30pm 

Growing Newsome and Stirley Farm have adopted the Community Garden on Occupation Road in Newsome village.

This overgrown space was converted into a garden in 2009 with funding that the Community Assistance Network secured via a Grassroots grant. Growing Newsome members planted some vegetables there a couple of years ago, but there’s since been uncertainty over who is going to look after the space, and the brambles have re-asserted themselves (as they do).

So Growing Newsome and Stirley Farm have decided that we’re going to look after the garden between us, and we’ll have a get-together now and then to tidy things up and do some more planting. Soon local residents will be able to enjoy fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs from the garden again – anyone who lives nearby is welcome to pick from the garden.

We’ll let you know each time that we’re meeting at the garden, so that you can come along and lend a hand, or come and chat to us about food growing. Our first visit is on Tuesday 29th November from 1.30pm. Please come and join in if you can.


Garden of Delights – Sunday 26th June 2011

Garden of Delights

Sunday 26th June 2011

1pm to 4pm

Red House Museum

Oxford Road



We’re taking part in this year’s ‘Garden of Delights’ at Red House Museum. This event is a delightful way to discover and enjoy the beautiful gardens at this former woollen cloth merchant’s home, which was often visited and much loved by Charlotte Bronte.

The restored 1830s Red House Garden is at its most beautiful at this time. For just a short time each year the fabulously scented old roses are in bloom, with centuries old varieties such as ‘Celestial’ and ‘Old Blush’. You can also see lots of unusual period flowers with intriguing names such as ‘Obedient Plant’, ‘Dame’s Violet’ and ‘Bear’s Breeches’.

The event includes:

  • Stalls and shows, including the Growing Newsome plant stall.
  • Flower Arranging demonstrations.
  • Garden discovery trail.
  • Displays and free garden information.
  • Brass Monkeys Jazz Band and Accordionist Hugh Barwell.
  • 19th century costumed characters telling visitors about the period garden.
  • Herbal craft activities such as making scented herb bags.
  • Lots of children’s craft activities.
  • Paper Filigree craft.
  • The Red House Craft Bee with a variety of textile crafts.
  • Archery with the Nova Bowmen.
  • Croquet on the lawns.
  • Other period games such as battledore and shuttlecock or hoop-rolling.

Free admission and free parking.

Red House Museum – venue details

Garden of Delights (pdf) – event leaflet

Growing ideas at Castle Grange

We recently visited Castle Grange on Ing Lane, where we had a look around the grounds with Lou and Claire. Castle Grange is a care home for people with dementia, with an enclosed garden where the residents can sit outside. When nearby Headfield Road was widened to make room for the new school, the care home lost a strip of land that was part of their garden. In exchange, they’ve now been given some extra land at the side of Castle Grange, which will be leveled soon to make it easier for the residents to use.

The staff would like to use this patch of land to provide some food growing activities for the people who live at Castle Grange, and to involve the local community too. 

We had an interesting talk about how food can help to spark memories for people with dementia – anything from the aroma of herbs to the crunch of a stick of celery. It really made us think in a different way about the value of growing food and the impact that it can have on people’s well-being. Of course, we’d like to do what we can to help.

We will try to help the staff at Castle Grange with planning the space (which needs to be safe for the residents), with applying for funding if needed, and for getting things up and running. We’re also looking for some people who might like to help Lou and Claire to organise some planting activities there. Any help that you can offer will be greatly appreciated – it really could help to improve people’s lives.

If you’d like to help with food growing at Castle Grange, or if you’re just interested in finding out a bit more, please use our contact form to let us know.

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