The Gate, Newcastle’s premier leisure destination, launched an urban garden project in October 2017 with the aim of bringing new skills and volunteering opportunities to people from across the city. The Gatekeepers project started by inviting young people from across Newcastle to design and create a new living wall and garden on Jacobins Chare. It was believed to be the first ever biodiversity graffiti wall at the time, and the living masterpiece has proven a huge success since its creation.
Towards the end of 2020 The Gate made the decision that the maintenance of the garden going forward would be the responsibility of a chosen charity. This charity would send groups of volunteers on a regular basis to ensure the upkeep of the space and in return the volunteers would benefit from getting outdoors in a safe environment, learning transferrable skills and having the satisfaction of seeing the garden flourish. Everyone at MOTW is delighted that we have been selected as the first chosen charity! It’s a fantastic opportunity for both our participants and our staff.
Due to the ongoing national lockdown no volunteering sessions have taken place yet, however, we’re looking forward to working closely with the team at The Gate and we’ll be sharing updates throughout the year of the work we’ve done, the feedback and stories of our volunteers and encouraging anyone in the local area to visit and enjoy the space.