An Institute for Outdoor Learning award winning project where older people learn, grow and flourish together. 

The Elderberries are a group of adults aged 55+ who enjoy getting outside and gardening in a social setting. 

The group take part in weekly drop-in gentle gardening sessions where they undertake conservation and horticulture tasks such as growing vegetables and maintaining wildlife habitats. The sessions run from 9.30-2.30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and you can stay for as little or as long as you like! There is also the chance to get involved with making preserves using produce from the garden and to learn new skills by completing short horticulture courses. The group also enjoy a free, shared lunch with all of the staff and volunteers after a morning working in the garden on Wednesdays!


                                           cardoon heads    Elderberries  lilly pond view


The Elderberries take part in a programme of nature based activities such as environmental arts, wildlife identification and photography sessions which are held on various Fridays throughout the year. To find out more about the next activity session, please contact Leanne on the details below or check our calendar.

The Elderberries group also make up the garden's Older People's Forum, who meet regularly and feed ideas directly to our trustees. Join us to make sure your voice is heard.

We are very proud to have won an award in the Supporting Lifelong Learning Category for the Elderberries project in the 2018 Celebrating Outdoor Learning Awards from the Institute for Outdoor Learning! A great achievement and testament to all of the wonderful Elderberries participants who make the project such a success. 

If yourself or someone you know would be interested in joining the group, get in touch with Leanne on 0191 200 4706 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our thanks to the Kellett Fund at Community Foundation for their help with funding this project.