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Newcastle upon Tyne
West End Women and Girls Centre stands at the top of Elswick Park in Newcastle. Groups at the centre run a community garden in the park where they grow organic fruit, vegetables and flowers.
In March 2013 members of the Grow It group (girls aged eight to 18) met Pat Fisher, an older member and volunteer who used to live in the area, to find out what the park was like when she was young, 60 years ago.
Pat showed the girls some old photos and then took them on a tour of the park and told stories of the olden days. The girls learnt that the community garden was once a bowling green and that there used to be seats where the Jubilee Diamond Tree was to be planted. There was also a lake at the bottom of the park where children would paddle; this is now grassed over and the girls wished it was still there!
The girls and Pat talked about how much Elswick Park has changed and also how the Jubilee tree for the Queen was a great link with the visit we had in October 2012 from the Duchess of Cambridge. She visited the park and community garden as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The girls were very excited to meet her and proud to show what they had grown in the garden. They also presented her with some jam and chutney they had made.
On 16th March 2013 we planted a sweet chestnut tree for the Queen’s Jubilee. Lots of volunteers, young and old, helped to dig a hole and plant the tree and we are all looking forward to cooking and eating the chestnuts soon.
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