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Gardening

  • Garden PartiesPlanting sessions in the Rose Garden.
  • Tree Planting Annual tree planting week in Newsham Park.
  • Bulb Planting Annual Spring Bulb planting day in Newsham Park.

At least twice a month a group of people go out into Newsham Park and do a bit of gardening together. We’ve been doing it for over two years now. Over that time we have made a noticeable impact on the beds in the Rose Garden we tend together and have introduced more plants and flowers which support bees and butterflies as well as giving us, and our neighbours, a visual feast. The ‘we’ during this time has included over 200 individuals, some come occasionally and some every time. It has included 4 year olds and 84 year olds and people from every age in between and every possible background and experience. As well as enriching the world we share with our neighbours we have also enriched our own lives. We have forged friendships, shared stories of hurt and hardship and celebrated triumphs and good news. All of it done so lightly and with such compassion, generosity and grace that you don’t even often realise till it is over what a difference it has made.  Whatever state you arrive in, after a couple of hours in the company of good people doing something good together in the fresh air, you feel better. Everyone is welcome to come along either to the monthly sessions or to our big bulb and tree planting events. We have the tools, so all you need to bring is yourself. No experience necessary just a willingness to lend a hand.