Flower Pod Newark is sited on approximately two acres of land in Hawtonville near Newark. We took over the management of this beautiful community garden in 2020. The garden includes two ponds, polytunnels, a small orchard, vegetable and flower beds, fruit bushes and other interesting features. The site offers an accessible space where people with learning disabilities can take part in gardening related learning and social activities, make new friends, enjoy outdoor activity and learn new skills as well as have opportunity for supported volunteering and mentoring.
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Flower Pod Newark Centre Manager
After many years working in the Food Manufacturing Industry and teaching Food Technology at Nottingham Trent University, I am very happy to be here at Reach as the Flower Pod Newark Centre Manager.
We have a wonderful space here at Flower Pod Newark where we can enjoy some peace and tranquillity as well as learning about what how rewarding it can be to get food to grow.
I’m particularly looking forward to working with our clients to help them to build confidence, enjoyment and understand the benefit of gardening, physical activity and being outdoors. All exciting stuff! Watch this space...
Flower Pod Newark
Our new building
A special thank you to everyone who gave time, resources and materials for the building on the site at Flower Pod Newark. Thanks to the generosity of some incredible businesses and individuals we are now very proud owners of a building, providing much needed shelter, warmth, electricity, running water and even Wi-Fi.
Provision of building for free and co ordination of project- Premier Modular
Plumbing - Phil Coles
Groundworkers – BDS
Installation - Modular link
Site security – T&S Leisure Security Services
Transport - Modular Movements
Electrics - Warner Electrical
Rototek - donation of water tank
Flower Pod Newark - Progress in Pictures
Here are just a few examples of what's been happening at Flower Pod Newark so far....
Thanks to the generosity of some incredible businesses and individuals we are now very proud owners of a new building, providing much needed shelter, warmth, electricity and eventually running water.
Special thanks to Premier Modular for the provision of building for free and co ordination of project.
We have harvested our first lot of vegetables and are preparing the ground for this years crops
We found time to make our very own resident Scarecrows
Starting to build the dead hedge barrier on the veg bed - using up dried branches from around the site
Naturalisation of a neglected pond with clients enjoying the bio-diversity improvements already - including the arrival of courting frogs, frogspawn and even tadpoles!
Clients and staff have worked hard clearing lots of rubbish from the site
Digging over veg plots and raking the flower borders. Soon it’ll be time to start planting!
Feeding the birds with home-made fruit and cheese kebabs, as well as fat peckers
Clearing, sorting and re arranging the site to create more useable space
Lots of weeding required before raking and preparing the soil