The Outback Garden

The Outback is a unique community kitchen and garden based in the heart of the Park Ward community, directly behind Jubilee Children’s Centre. The 1 hectare site runs on organic and sustainable principles and the thriving garden is packed full of herbs, fruit and veg. There are lots of interesting areas for local people to explore and learn more about the natural environment whilst the straw bale kitchen provides a perfect space for the local community to gather and cook food.

At The Outback we offer volunteering opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, it’s a chance to get involved in this fantastic community project as well as meet other local people.

The Outback shop is up and running and sells a variety of home grown organic fruit, veg, jams and chutneys. Please feel free to call into the Outback on Tuesdays and Thursdays to see what’s available.



The Outback is open to the public on Thursday afternoons between April and October, and we run family gardening sessions on Tuesdays from 3.30 – 5.00 (April –October). The fully equipped kitchen is available to hire and makes a great venue for cooking courses, training courses, meetings and events.

For more information about activities in The Outback or to hire the kitchen please contact Sarah Waddington on 01422 342552.


2022 Events

Join us at our community kitchen and garden based in the heart of the Park Ward community, for a whole host of events and activities based on sustainable cooking, environmental practices and all things nature. Click on the image – to open.

For more information about any of the events taking place please contact Sarah Waddington on please contact Sarah Waddington on 01422 342552.

Outback Events 2022


We have a range of ongoing programmes at the Outback that take place throughout each week. Please see below for more information.

Park Ward Pollinators

Park Ward Pollinators logo

Park Ward Pollinators is a local community project based at The Outback Garden in Park Ward.
Our ‘pollinators’ come together to care for our community beehive, share skills and look after the habitat for our bees and other wildlife.

Takes place every Tuesday morning

Eligibility: Welcome to all, particularly those who are living in the locality of Park Ward.

Contact: Lisa Connelly 01422 347392

Green Hand Gang

An exciting new project bringing together
young adults with learning difficulties &
disabilities through growing. You will help
create & maintain a small garden by growing flowers, fruit & vegetables. There is also a pond to attract wildlife.

You will learn new practical skills, but also skills for work like team working & confidence building.

Takes place every Wednesday afternoon at The Outback

Contact: Lisa Connelly on 07891 831740

Takeaway Lunch Club

Lunch Club

The takeaway Lunch Club takes place every Tuesday at the Outback Community Garden & Kitchen.

Providing free hot food every Tuesday to take away for local people in need.

Takes place every Tuesday at 12 noon – 2pm at The Outback

Men’s Gardening Group

Come along and use your skills or learn new skills in gardening at the 0.1 hectare garden in the heart of Park Ward. Make friends immerse yourself in nature.
No prior gardening experience necessary but if you do have green fingers come and join us & share your knowledge!

Every Tuesday

Booking essential.

Contact: Lisa Connelly on 07891 831740