Who We Are
The Gateway Collective CIC works to see thriving people and communities in Bootle. We increase well-being, create social connections and make Bootle a better place for everyone using the tool of community gardening. Our work brings local people together to work alongside each other and collectively support each other, increasing personal well-being and creating collective care communities.
What is Bootle Jam Club?
Our home is North Park Community Garden, where each week we meet up to grow produce, eat together & cook with what we grow. Over the years we've realised how important the simple pleasures of cooking and chatting are for helping people build their relationship with people in their local community but a relationship with food, their own bodies & health and the natural world. Everyone who attends our sessions gets to take home a share of the produce we've harvested as a team. Any surplus produce is made into jams, pickles and chutneys which are then sold with profits reinvested into the work of the garden.
Joining the Bootle jam club is a way for you to support us whilst also enjoying some of our amazing products. Every four months we will send you 3 seasonal jams, pickles or chutneys using produce grown at North Park Community Garden. These will be a surprise based on gluts and what has grown well. We strongly believe in eating with the seasons, keeping our carbon emissions and food miles as low as possible.
You will also get an update on what we've been up to in North Park Community Garden, what we have been growing and the fun we have been getting up to! But best of all you get to enjoy our lovely jams, pickles and chutneys whilst knowing you are supporting us to build well-being, helping to create volunteer opportunities and creating a safe space for community to flourish in Bootle.
What we do
Our home is North Park Community Garden where local people come together to grow food and flowers, drink tea, make friends and chat. We love growing our own food and eating it and all our sessions include having food together. We also deliver arts and craft workshops in locations across Merseyside and Cheshire, this gives participants the chance to take time out of life to be creative and generates income to support our work in Bootle. For those who can't come to the garden growing with gateway teaches how to grow your own food in whatever space you have at home.
North Park Community Garden
Based in North Park in Bootle, North Park Community Garden is open to everyone on a Wednesday from 10am-2pm (all year round) and on a Tuesday evening from 6pm-8pm (May-Sept). In every session we eat together, often cooking with what we grow, as this eating together builds community.
Our arts and craft workshops can be delivered in your venue. We bring all the equipment needed to teach you how to make and create. You just need to turn up and join in.
Growing with Gateway
As a result of needing to change what we did in North Park Community Garden due to Covid 19 we created a series of videos to teach you how to grow at home using containers you may already have in the house.
Get in touch
Get in touch with The Gateway Collective to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.
North Park Community Garden
c/o 99 Stanley Road