Getting (back) into growing – workshops in July 2022

Getting (back) into growing your own food

Venue: Hangingstone Road, Berry Brow

Join in this series of informal growing workshops, designed to give you confidence to grow your own fruit and veg, with your available time and energy.

Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm:

  • 5th July Growing mediums and composting
  • 12th July Growing winter salads and undercover growing
  • 19th July Pests, diseases and organic methods of prevention
  • 26th July Perennial fruit, herbs and vegetables

Combining theory with practical hands-on growing, we will look at the best use of growing space, soil management and tool use in every session. We encourage participants to ask questions and let us know your interests.

Gardening clothes, gloves and boots required (there is some steep and uneven ground). Notebook useful. Tea provided – please bring a mug!


Book your free place

These activities are funded by Growing Newsome. Places are limited and booking is essential.

Book online now:

Book your free place for our Tuesday evening sessions

Questions? Contact us…

Contact Sue Brown: 07444 390071
or email: sue.brown@greenandbrown.org.uk

Getting (back) into growing leaflet (PDF)


Looking for something different?

To help us plan our future activities, please tell us about any activities or events you’d like to take part in (and any other ways we can help you to grow your own food) here:

How can we help you to grow this year?

Big Plant Swap – Saturday 21st May 2022

Big Plant Swap

Saturday 21st May 2022
10am to 1pm

Free admission – all welcome

Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

Edible plants and flowers

Plant Swap

Come and take your pick from hundreds of plants and seedlings at our popular annual plant swap – great for food growers and friends. You can choose from: Vegetables, Salads, Herbs, Fruit and Wildlife-friendly flowers.

You’re very welcome to bring along plants, seedlings, cuttings or seeds to swap.

Our top tips for plant swappers

  • It’s really helpful to other growers if you can label your plants.
  • You might like to bring along a trug, basket or tray to carry your plants home in.
  • We advise hanging around to see what else appears during the morning.

Don’t worry if you don’t have anything to swap – you don’t need to bring something to be able to take something. You can make a donation to Growing Newsome in exchange for your plants.

We also accept donations of plants ahead of the event – just email us if you have something to share: growingnewsome@gmail.com


Lots more to enjoy…

swapping plants

Seed Swap – vegetables and other seeds to swap or buy.

Stalls, including local produce on sale.

Children’s craft activities.

Plant some seeds to grow on your windowsill.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes.

Information about growing your own food.

Crop protection materials on sale.

Find out about local projects and events.


Meet local growing and wellbeing organisations

We’ll be joined on the day by:

  • Peaceful Remedies – including an Outdoor Yoga taster session at 1pm
  • Huddersfield Raw Honey – with local honey available to buy
  • Growing Works – with an activity or two for you to try

Join us for lunch

plant swap lunch

Served 12 noon to 1pm

Enjoy a healthy lunch at Newsome Scout Hall – with recipes for you to take home. We’ll be serving a selection of tasty salads from our Spring salad bar with pasta and roasted vegetables, plus a fruit pudding.

We ask for a small donation to cover the costs of making your lunch.


Want to help?

Volunteer
We’re looking for volunteers to help out with our events and activities. Contact us at growingnewsome@gmail.com to find out more, or ask on the day.

Print our poster
Help us to promote the event:
Big Plant Swap poster 2022 (PDF)

Stalls & info

If your local group or organisation are interested in having a stall at one of our events or you’d like to bring some local information to share on the day, please get in touch: growingnewsome@gmail.com


What happens at the Plant Swap?
Here’s a short film about Growing Newsome’s Plant Swap, made by Alistair I Macdonald at Curlew Films for Plant it Grow it Eat it.


Pop up Plant Swap – Saturday 12th June 2021

Pop up Plant Swap

Saturday 12th June 2021
10am to 12 noon

An outdoor event

Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ


Looking for some plants?

One of the best things about growing your own food is having something to share and enjoy with others. We are really missing having our usual events, where we can all get together to swap our plants, seeds and experiences. So although we haven’t been able to hold our annual Big Plant Swap this year, we’re pleased to say that we’ve come up with an alternative event. 

Come along to our outdoor Pop up Plant Swap to take your pick from our wide selection of edible plants, and a few other things. Our plants will include:

Vegetables
Salads
Herbs
Fruit
Wildlife-friendly flowers


Got some seedlings or plants to share?

You’re very welcome to bring along plants, seedlings, cuttings or seeds to swap – but you don’t need to bring something to be able to take something (you can make a donation to Growing Newsome in exchange for your plants).

Some things that other growers have told us they are particularly looking for are:

Summer Squash
Cucumbers
Courgettes
Runner Beans
Red Cabbages
Dwarf Tomatoes
Sweet Peas
Strawberries

Greenhouse veg is always popular, and people also like to pick up some flowering plants along with the edible plants. If you have a request to add, please email growingnewsome@gmail.com


Top tips for plant swapping

1. Please label your plants – it will really help our other growers. Or let us know what you’ve brought so that we can label your plants for you.

2. Bring along a trug, box or basket – anything handy to carry your plants home in.

3. See what appears – you’ll be amazed how many plants get shuffled on the day.


How you can visit safely and keep others safe

It’s safer for us to meet outdoors – so our Plant Swap will be outside the entrance to Newsome Scout Hall.

Please sanitise your hands when you arrive (we’re providing some hand sanitiser). We also recommend doing this before you leave.

If other people are already at the stall, please give each other room and wait for a safe space.

If you’d like to avoid handling cash, we will be accepting contactless card payments, Apple Pay, Google Pay and payments from other contactless smartphones and watches (but you can still pay with cash if you’d like).

Please be reassured that we’re following public health guidelines and keeping in touch with our ward councillors. 


How you can help

We know it’s short notice for our Pop up event. We really hope you can make it on the day – and if you can help to let other people In the local area know it’s happening, we really appreciate it. You might want to offer to pick something up for others who are isolating. We also welcome donations of plants ahead of the day. If you’d like to buy something but can’t get here on the day, please let us know and between us we’ll do our best to help.


Volunteers Week

It’s Volunteers Week

A huge thank you to our organising group and to all our volunteers and friends, who make our events and activities happen. Want to join our friendly community of food growers? We’re looking for more volunteers to help look after our Community Allotment and to help organise our community events.

Please come along to our Pop up Plant Swap to meet other volunteers and find out how you can get involved.


What usually happens at our Plant Swap?

Here’s a short film about Growing Newsome’s Plant Swap, made by Alistair I Macdonald at Curlew Films for Plant it Grow it Eat it. Things are a bit different this year, but the plant swapping is still the same – and we all love it.

Growing Newsome Plant Drop, June 2020

plant drop

Although we aren’t able to get together for our usual Big Plant Swap this year, we are still here for each other. And we still want to help people grow their own food. So with a little help from our friends, we have turned our annual plant swap into a Plant Drop.

We’ve decided that if our growers can’t come to us, we’ll bring some plants to your doorstep. We hope you will join in. Please let us know what plants you’d like and we’ll do our best to get them to you.

 


See our plant list

kale plantsWe have over 90 different varieties of edible plants, including:

Cabbages, Broccoli and Kale

Chard, Sorrel and Mustard

Tomatoes and Peppers

Courgettes, Pumpkins and Squash

Herbs for your windowsill

and lots more…

 

Here’s a list of the plants that we have for you:

Plants available for our Plant Drop

 


Request a doorstep plant drop

wheelbarrowPlease let us know if you’d like some plants delivering to your doorstep. Your plants will be brought by one of the other growers from our network who have kindly volunteered to help. We’ll do this in a safe way.

 

Growing Newsome Plant Drop – request some plants

If we get a lot of requests at the same time, we may pause our order form for a while to give us chance to pack the deliveries that we already have. We can deliver anywhere in the Newsome ward and will also aim to deliver to other places in Huddersfield, 

 


Ways to say thank you for your plants

veg plants

Rebecca has shared this photo of veg happily growing in her garden during lockdown, including some Growing Newsome potatoes

In the usual spirit of our Plant Swap, you are welcome to share something with us in exchange for your plants, if you can. We’d love to receive a note, card or email from you saying why growing your own food matters to you, especially right now. You might like to send us a photo of something that you’re growing via email: GrowingNewsome@gmail.com or via twitter: @GrowingNewsome

Making a donation

If you’d like to make a financial donation for your plants, we’ll let you know how to do this safely. Or come along to a future Growing Newsome event and put something in one of our donation boxes.

 


Supported by our volunteers

watering canWe want to say a huge thank you to all the members of the Growing Newsome network who have kindly volunteered to help with the deliveries and preparations.

Many of our elves are currently unable to do the things they love to do to help others, because they are self-isolating or shielding. It’s hard for all of us. So our Plant Drop would not be possible without the kind hearts of our community. Thank you.


Newsome councillorsSupported by our councillors

Our Plant Drop is funded by the Newsome councillors, from their community response Ward Project Budgets. This is extra funding available from Kirklees Council to help all kinds of organisations who are supporting people in our local places during Covid-19.

We’d like to say thank you to our councillors, and especially to Cllr Andrew Cooper for his encouragement and personal support.


 

Big Plant Swap – Saturday 1st June 2019

Edible plants and flowers

Big Plant Swap

Saturday 1st June 2019
10am to 1pm

Free admission – all welcome

Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ


swapping plantsTake your pick from hundreds of plants – great for growers, super for sharers.

You can choose from:

Vegetables
Salads
Herbs
Fruit
Wildlife-friendly flowers

You’re very welcome to bring along plants, seedlings, cuttings or seeds to swap – but you don’t need to bring something to be able to take something (you can make a donation to Growing Newsome in exchange for your plants).

 


Lots more to enjoy…

bee on flowerBeekeeping advice and demonstration hive from the Huddersfield and District Bee Keeping Association.

Seed Swap – vegetable seeds to swap or buy.

Children’s craft activities.

Stalls, including local produce on sale.

Plant some seeds to grow on your windowsill.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes.

Information about growing your own food.

Find out about local projects and events.



plant swap lunchLocal food lunch:
served 12 noon to 1pm

Enjoy a healthy lunch at Newsome Scout Hall – with recipes for you to take home. We’ll be serving a selection of tasty salads (including warm salads) from our Spring salad bar, plus a fruit pudding.

We ask for a small donation to cover the costs of making your lunch.


Print our poster for your venue – or share with a friend:

Big Plant Swap poster 2019 (PDF)


It’s Volunteers Week
Volunteers Week

Want to join our friendly community of food growers? We’re looking for volunteers to help look after our Community Allotment and to help organise our community events. Please come along to our Plant Swap to meet other volunteers, find out how you can get involved, and celebrate 10 years of Growing Newsome.


What happens at the Plant Swap?
Here’s a short film about Growing Newsome’s Plant Swap, made by Alistair I Macdonald at Curlew Films for Plant it Grow it Eat it.

 

Big Plant Swap – Saturday 26th May 2018

Edible plants and flowers

Big Plant Swap

Saturday 26th May 2018
10am to 1pm

Free admission – all welcome

Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ


swapping plantsTake your pick from hundreds of plants – great for growers, super for sharers.

You can choose from:

Vegetables
Salads
Herbs
Fruit
Wildlife-friendly flowers

You’re very welcome to bring along plants, seedlings, cuttings or seeds to swap – but you don’t need to bring something to be able to take something (you can make a donation to Growing Newsome in exchange for your plants).

 

Lots more to enjoy…

Seed Swap – lots of vegetable seeds to swap or buy.

Children’s craft activities.

Local produce on sale.

Plant some seeds to grow on your windowsill.

Reading Circle book stall with all sorts of books.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes.

Information about growing and sharing food in Newsome.

Find out about other local projects and events.

cropped-vote-100-kirklees-header4

Growing democracy:
White for purity, Purple for determination, Green for hope

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of Votes for Women, you can pick up a special Vote 100 badge at our Big Plant Swap. We’d love it if you can bring along something white, purple or green (the suffragette colours) to swap!


plant swap lunchLocal food lunch:
served 12 noon to 1pm

Enjoy a healthy lunch at Newsome Scout Hall – with recipes for you to take home. We’ll be serving a selection of tasty salads (including warm salads) from our Spring salad bar, plus a fruit pudding.

We ask for a small donation to cover the costs of making your lunch.


Print our poster for your venue – or share with a friend:

Big Plant Swap poster 2018 (PDF)


What happens at the Plant Swap?
Here’s a short film about Growing Newsome’s Plant Swap, made by Alistair I Macdonald at Curlew Films for Plant it Grow it Eat it.


You can see more food growing films on the Food Kirklees web site:
10 short films about food growing in Kirklees

Big Plant Swap – Saturday 20th May 2017

Edible plants and flowers

Big Plant Swap

Saturday 20th May 2017
10am to 1pm

Free admission – all weclome

Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ


swapping plantsTake your pick from hundreds of plants – great for growers, super for sharers.

You can choose from:

Vegetables
Salads
Herbs
Fruit
Wildlife-friendly flowers

You’re very welcome to bring along plants, seedlings, cuttings or seeds to swap – but you don’t need to bring something to be able to take something (you can make a donation to Growing Newsome in exchange for your plants).

 

Lots more to enjoy…

Seed Swap – lots of vegetable seeds to swap or buy.

Children’s craft activities.

Local produce on sale.

Plant some seeds to grow on your windowsill.

Reading Circle book stall with all sorts of books.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes.

Information about growing and sharing food in Newsome.

Find out about other local projects and events.


plant swap lunchLocal food lunch:
served 12 noon to 1pm

Enjoy a healthy lunch at Newsome Scout Hall – with recipes for you to take home. We’ll be serving a selection of tasty salads (including warm salads) from our Spring salad bar, plus a fruit pudding.

We ask for a small donation to cover the costs of making your lunch.


Print our poster for your venue – or share with a friend:

Big Plant Swap poster 2017 (PDF)


What happens at the Plant Swap?
Here’s a short film about Growing Newsome’s Plant Swap, made by Alistair I Macdonald at Curlew Films for Plant it Grow it Eat it.


You can see more food growing films on the Food Kirklees web site:
10 short films about food growing in Kirklees

Big Plant Swap – Saturday 21st May 2016

Edible plants and flowers

Big Plant Swap

Saturday 21st May 2016
10am to 1pm

Free admission – all weclome

Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ


swapping plantsTake your pick from hundreds of plants – great for growers, super for sharers.

You can choose from:

Vegetables
Salads
Herbs
Fruit
Wildlife-friendly flowers

You’re very welcome to bring along plants, seedlings, cuttings or seeds to swap – but you don’t need to bring something to be able to take something (you can make a donation to Growing Newsome in exchange for your plants).

 

Lots more to enjoy…

Seed Swap – lots of vegetable seeds to swap or buy.

Children’s activities – crafts and seed planting.

Compost Special – come and find out all about home composting.

Local produce on sale.

Plant some seeds to grow on your windowsill.

Reading Circle book stall with all sorts of books.

Good quality enviromesh on sale to protect your plants.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes.

Tool amnesty – share any unwanted garden tools that you have.

Information about growing and sharing food in Newsome.


plant swap lunchLocal food lunch:
served 12 noon to 1pm

Enjoy a healthy lunch at Newsome Scout Hall – with recipes for you to take home. We’ll be serving a selection of tasty salads (including warm salads) from our Spring salad bar, plus a fruit pudding.

We ask for a small donation to cover the costs of making your lunch.


Print our poster for your venue – or share with a friend:

Big Plant Swap poster 2016 (PDF)


What happens at the Plant Swap?
Here’s a short film about Growing Newsome’s Plant Swap, made by Alistair I Macdonald at Curlew Films for Plant it Grow it Eat it.


You can see more food growing films on the Food Kirklees web site:
10 short films about food growing in Kirklees

Summer treats stall at Berry Brow carnival – 22nd June 2013

home made salad wrapBerry Brow Carnival
Saturday 22nd June from 1pm
Berry Brow Recreation Ground
off Ladyhouse Lane, Berry Brow

Come and visit our stall at the annual Berry Brow Carnival – hopefully returning to the field this time after last year’s deluge.

We’ll be celebrating Midsummer with some home grown treats for you to taste and recipes to take away.

Try your hand at assembling a tasty salad wrap. Have a look at Kim’s video from last year’s carnival if you’d like some tips:

How to make a tasty salad wrap

You can plant some salads and herbs on the day to take home and grow on your windowsill, ready for your summer salads and snacks.

We’ll also have some plants for you to choose from and anything else that we can rustle up in the meantime.

Also look out for the Reading Circle stall next door and lots of activities and other stalls around the field. We hope to see you there.

How to make a tasty salad wrap

Kim Warren from Stirley Community Farm demonstrates how to make a salad wrap –
a lovely summer treat, especially if you use some of your home grown salads.
Video made at Berry Brow Carnival 2012.

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