Shieldfield Grows 2021

Do you have a windowsill or an allotment? A plot or an acre? 

Covid-19 has shed light on the fragility of the UK’s food supply chains, so in response we are organising a collective growing effort in the neighbourhood. No matter how little space you have, grow for fun, for yourself, your family or for the wider community.

Shieldfield Grows is back again in 2021! Just like last year we will be distributing seeds to grow on our windowsills or in our gardens. This year we are also going to be growing food in the Shieldfield Art Works (SAW) activist garden and in planters around the neighbourhood. This is a great opportunity to come and learn a little bit about gardening, meet new people from our local community and help Shieldfield flourish together. All are welcome, whether you are a novice or a seasoned gardener. To kick off our growing in 2021 we have a few different opportunities you can join. 

12th April: Come and join us in preparing the soil in the beds at SAW and in planting some courgette and squash seeds. 

3 May: Come and join us in sowing lots of different vegetable seeds. 

Email dwellbeeing@gmail.com to sign up for one of the following slots at each event:

9am – 9.30am

9.45am – 10.15am

10.30am – 11pm

11.15pm – 11.45pm

You can book in for one or both events. We are following government guidelines with the rule of 6 so you are limited to book in a max of 4 people per slot. If you are experiencing any Covid symptoms then please stay at home in order to keep us all safe and healthy.


Regular gardening workshops

We will hold a gardening workshop every Wednesday afternoon from 2-4pm from May 12th 2021 onwards. We will learn how to look after and nurture the seeds that we have sown. We are looking forward to seeing these grow and flourish throughout the year, ready to be eaten together! Email lydia@saw-newcastle.org if you would like to get involved in our regular gardening workshops. 

If you would like to be kept updated on the rest of our growing events then please email dwellbeeing@gmail.com to be added to our WhatsApp group or mailing list. 

Shieldfield Grows is collaboratively organised by Dwellbeing Shieldfield and Shieldfield Art Works.


Growers of Shieldfield

Click on the different growers to learn more about them and to see how their plants are doing.

Helen L

Sharon B

Gemma H & Alison M

Zainab G

Val M

Maria H


Garden Blog 2021

Preparing the soil and planting courgette & squash seeds: April 12th 2021

Sowing seeds: May 5th 2021