Upcoming Events

Every 2nd Sunday of the month Volunteer Session - 2pm-3.30pm

Next sessions: 8th January; 12th February; 12th March 2017
Our monthly volunteer sessions are an ideal opportunity to learn more about sustainable gardening, meet like-minded people and have a share in the fruit and vegetables we grow at the garden.

There are jobs to suit all levels of experience, and we provide informal training, tools and other equipment you may need, so just bring along warm clothes you don't mind getting grubby and a willingness to get stuck in to the task in hand.

But it's not all work and no play though, as we ensure our volunteers are always well stocked on tea/coffee and biscuits or cake! If you would like to find out more about volunteering, come along to one of the sessions (ask for Sarah), or send an email to:
hopgardenhighspen@gmail.com with your phone number and we'll call you back.

Archived news (that might still be of interest)

Compost toilet
Thanks to a successful application to the Community Foundation, we now have a compost toilet, a long awaited addition to the garden. Thanks to the hard work and muscle power of Alan, Jimmy, Garry, David and Melanie, it now has pride of place near the compost bins. Check out the blog for more details and pictures.

Support the Hop Garden through easygiving

We've signed up for this service, which gives us a donation each time you shop online with selected retailers in the UK (it doesn't cost you a thing, honest, and it's dead easy if you download 'find and remind'). If you would like to find out more, please visit our page at:

Join our Facebook page

We’ve had a presence on Facebook for a while now, but the old system is being archived, so we’ve now got a new page. If you would like to follow us, please use this link, and ‘like’ us!

Congratulations to the Feather’s
The Feather’s Inn in Hedley on the Hill in Northumberland has just won the Best Gastropub 2011 in the North East and Yorkshire in the annual Morning Advertiser Great British Pub Awards. This summer they’ve been a new outlet for some of our produce that has been in abundance this year (mainly redcurrants) and we’re really pleased to know produce we’ve grown is going into such good food. So if you have the pleasure of eating there (and it comes highly recommended) keep an eye out as you may be eating some of our fruit or herbs!

NewcastleGateshead EAT! Festival
Pop into the Mini Edible Garden display (in the Grainger Arcade near tourist info) at this weekend’s EAT! Festival. The Hop Garden’s contribution is a rather wonderful edible Treasure Island, largely due to our creative secret weapon, Lynn Huggins-Cooper. Check out the blog for more photos and information.

Mapping out for future for farms and gardens
The Federation of City Farms and Gardens has a new map out and we’re on it! I’ve looked on the website and it doesn’t look like it can be downloaded yet, but here’s the link to keep an eye out for it - FCFCG North East - and a paper copy should be available in local libraries and tourist information centres. The Journal also wrote an article about the event, which David spoke at.

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Home Farmer and Permaculture Magazine
With one of my other 'hats' on, I write features for magazines and it seems getting them published is a little like buses - nothing for ages then suddenly two come along at once. In this month's Home Farmer there's an article about community farms and gardens which may be of interest, and in Permaculture Magazine there's a feature about how we grow our hops and the many strange and wonderful things you can do with them (alongside making beer, obviously).

Photo library updated
We don't have the most user-friendly photo uploading process attached to this website at the moment, which goes some way towards explaining why it's taken me so long to update this page. However, better late than never there are now more new photographs in the photo library, including a work-in-progress building the wood fired oven.

Wood oven
For the latest about this wonderful addition to the garden, which has just cooked our first pizza and bread, visit the blog. David is now planning artisan bread baking demonstrations and classes soon; watch this space.

Community Foundation funding
We have been very fortunate to get funding from the Community Foundation for a new shed (pictures to follow soon) and a wood oven, which Marv from Muddy Fingers is just about to start work on. This is in addition to another bid which we didn't think we would get for a new chicken home, a worm cafe and a large veg trug, so there are many new additions to the garden at the moment! More details to come.

Hops go into Champion brew
Wylam Brewery are using a few (and I mean a few - we have hardly any left this time of year so I think it's more of a 'hint' of our hops than anything else!) of our First Gold/Prima Donna hops in their new beer brewed for this year's Corbridge Show and it was picked up by the local paper, the Newcastle Journal.

Hop Garden hits the news!
The garden was been featured in the local newspaper, The Journal, in its Go Green section. We also featured in the Federation of City Farms and Community Garden's magazine, Growing Places (front page photo and inside pages 10,11).


The Hop Garden is normally open Sundays from 10.30am until 4pm (April until October) and at other times by arrangement.

Volunteers also meet every Friday afternoon during the main growing season and every second Sunday year round, but there are opportunities to volunteer at other times during the summer months.

Keep up with the latest news from the garden at our blog. You can also sign up for a RSS feed to receive email notifications so you never miss an update!

Archived blog entries (2007-2008)

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