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Mill Farm Close Greener Than Ever
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Neighbours Coming Together

Since April 2017, we have been working on the Mill Farm Close Estate with residents to bring more life and colour to the estate and bring out residents’ appetite for gardening.

We are pleased to say that we have worked with a number of residents now. Our mini garden makeovers have included introducing hanging baskets, planting in pots, strimming back overgrown grass, tidying paths back - which have all made a difference to individual gardens and the overall estate. We’ve worked with residents who have little knowledge of gardening to others who have lots of knowledge to share and everyone involved has learned lots it’s fair to say! We’ve been in the papers too - having our project story and the difference that’s been made shared with the region!

This project has been possible with the funding and support of Karbon Homes, the social housing provider. As one of the biggest social housing providers in the city, the organisation recognises the difference local organisations can make to the local area.

Summer of pizza
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The school summer holidays are nearly upon us and we're sure lots are parents are thinking of what to do with the young ones to keep them happy and fed! 

Well this summer, you're in luck! For the first 4 weeks of the summer holidays, we will be firing up the oven in our community garden in Elswick Park, to bring you fresh hand made pizza for takeaway made by our amazing team of volunteers and staff. 

Prices start at £3, offering cheese and tomato pizza, with the option of meat toppings, plus soft drinks. 

Here are the important dates for your diary... 

Friday 27th July, 12-2pm

Friday 3rd Aug, 12-2pm

Friday 10th Aug, 12-2pm

Friday 17th Aug, 12-2pm

Where will we be? Head down the step from the Elswick Road main entrance to Elswick Park. Once you reach the bottom, keep on going until you see us to your left. 

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates and fun stuff! See our event page HERE

Now let's just pray for some sunshine! :D



Elswick park news

Big Park Clean Up Success! 

On Friday 1st June, Elswick Park became a hub of activity, with volunteers, including staff from the Department of Work and Pensions, local residents and an energetic group of young Police Cadets! All came together to support Edible Elswick's initiative to improve the state of the park, tackling overgrown unsightly areas, collecting litter and much needed planting.

The steps leading down from the main entrance of the park were seen as a priority and descended upon by volunteers grabbing a tool and getting stuck in! Shovelling, brushing, edging, digging, the volunteers marched on in the hot sun determined to accomplish their task. Once the steps were made to look immaculate (see photo below), next a bed destined to be home to plentiful wild flower plants, to join the West End Wildflower Corridor, run by The Greening Wingrove Bike Garden, supported by Grow Wild, was dug over and attended to by all the group of all ages! Litter picks took place during the course of day, with lots of enthusiastic little ones taking charge looking for left behind wrappers and bottles. 

Thanks to all our amazing volunteers who made the event such a success, offering Elswick Park the tender loving care it deserves as a beautiful green space, enjoyed by many. 

Click HERE to read about our event in the Newcastle Chronicle! 




Edible Elswick Indeed

Well, we're right in the swing of autumn, when at times it actually feelings like winter! Regardless of the weather though, the Community Gardeners at West End Women and Girls Centre organised a foraging visit for members around Elswick Park to explore what was on offer still. To our great surprise, there was plenty! Crab apples, elderberries, blackcurrants, rosehip, blackberries - there was plenty! 

We've got plans to plot where were found our pickings on a handy map for the community and anyone with an interest in foraging. Coming soon!

End of Summer Celebration Success!

A roaring success! 

The sun wasn't quite out on Saturday but that didn't stop local residents coming along to Elswick Park to join in the fun we had in store for them! 

There was plenty to get stuck in with including willow craft, kite making, face painting, football games, planting and the a great healthy walk around Elswick Park enjoying the surroundings and finding giant fruit shapes dotted around the trail! The cherry on top was our local bakers and makers from the West End Community Bakery who offered freshly made delicious items like samosa, cakes, pies, pakoras and more!

It was wonderful to receive positive feedback about the event on our feedback washing line! A flavour of what was shared ... 

'Well organised and plenty to do!!! Thanks'

'I liked planting lettuce and eating food'

'We love coming to these events'

We'd like to say shanks to all our partners including HealthWORKS Newcastle with Change 4 Life, Hat-trick, OPAL @ Newcastle University and West End Community Bakery for helping to organise another successful Edible Elswick event!