Shieldfield Grows

Covid-19 shed light on the fragility of the UK’s food supply chains, so in response Dwellbeing and SAW organised a collective growing effort in the neighbourhood. Shieldfield Grows enabled people to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs in their homes, on balconies, gardens and allotments.

Shieldfield Grows is a programme of activity that seeks to promote sustainable food production, fair land usage and community flourishing. Developed as a collaboration between Dwellbeing Shieldfield and Shieldfield Art Works, Shieldfield Grows is also a part of Shieling, a programme of activity about growing and public space improvements initiated by Dwellbeing. Shieldfield Grows enables people to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs in their homes, on balconies, gardens and allotments. Together we are also developing part of SAW’s garden as a space for growing. The Shieldfield Grows programme is led by the Shieling working group. 

These growing projects are part of our long-term work around Shieling, which includes creating and sustaining community spaces and public realm improvements. Through Shieling we are reclaiming land in public spaces for food growing in our community as well as building community knowledge and engagement around the issues of food security, sustainable and participatory forms of building, land, planning and urban development. SAW sees all of its work, and in this case the collaboration in support of Shieling, is the outworking of a long-term theological understanding of the relationship between creator, creation and human responsibility; the Methodist Church wishes their land to be used for the flourishing of communities. 

Growing our own produce is a huge part of community autonomy and resilience especially in times of economic downturn and hardship. We want to be part of this movement which empowers our communities to have good quality, nutritious food for our bodies, minds and souls.

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

19 July 2021 | Regular gardening workshops

Our gardening workshops will now be held every Wednesday afternoon from 2-4pm. 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. 


12 May 2021 | 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. 


5 May 2021 | Sowing seeds


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


1 April 2021 | Shieldfield Grows is back in 2021!

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.


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