Scotswood Natural Community Garden was established in 1995 on the site of a school playing field at what is now part of Newcastle College's facilities at the John Marley Centre. The garden covers somewhere between two and three acres. Like all good gardens, Scotswood is a mix of different parts.
Most of all, the garden is about people and they welcome visitors to enjoy the garden whenever they can. Volunteers are an active group at the garden who contribute to a wide range of tasks throughout the year. They also provide lots of activities for young people of all ages.
Thanks to funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation and Lloyds Bank Foundation, Curiosity Creative were asked to work with a group of volunteers and staff from the garden over a 2 month period to facilitate a digital storytelling project which captured stories about the benefits of the garden to those that access it.
Creating digital stories was a daunting task for us, we didn't know where to begin. But, Alex very quickly put us at ease and supported us through the process. We built upon our skills week by week with clearly structured interactive workshops helping everyone to have a sense of achievement. We are thrilled with the finished stories, which are an amazing tool to demonstrate the work that we do at Scotswood Garden. Thanks to Alex at Curiosity Creative we now have the skills to create our own digital stories and look forward to producing more in the future.Karen Dobson, Chief Executive Officer