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The PLOT Community Sharing Garden and Newton Medicine Wheel

Proudly serving the Newton, Surrey community since 2016

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  • Wednesday Games Evenings, starting soon, as weather permits
  • Also Yoga and Chi Kung Sessions
  • Bees and Pollinator Talks
  • Crafts and Poetry Days

Upcoming Events!
more info on Events page

Saturday, July 27, 2-4pm
at the Surrey Art Gallery

A community talk sharing about the PLOT

2:45 -Be part of a public art engagement project starting at the Gallery and proceeding to the PLOT for Installation! Avatars, Icons and mask making. Express yourself, play and explore.

4-6pm at the PLOT for art installation, garden walks and potluck dinner


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

In 2016 the PLOT transformed a vacant 2-acre site near the Surrey Newton Bus Loop into a plentiful organic Sharing Garden, FREE to all the community. The garden is anchored by the Newton Medicine Wheel, which creates a physical, cultural and spiritual context for personal and community healing.  Free healthy food, weekly work parties and Sunday Picnics, plus universal indigenous solstice/equinox celebrations engage a very diverse neighbourhood.  Wonderful and unexpected connections are made between those of all ages, stages and stations in life – young, elderly, families, long-time residents, newcomers, immigrants, refugees, those with means, those without (including the homeless and those with substance abuse and mental health challenges). 

Our goal is not just to support local food security, but to nurture spirits in a community with painful and chronic challenges. Through inclusion, sharing, and trust, we strive to create a place of hope, abundance, safety and compassion. The PLOT has been lauded by social innovators, writers, and replicators as a bold and dynamic way of helping heal a broken community.

A short Doc about the PLOT

Documentary courtesy of Jasmeen Virk, Anna Choi, Yasmeen Hakimi, SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology

A brilliant master’s thesis about the PLOT

By long time PLOT volunteer Aman Chandi 

You can read it here


In this community-engaged research, I’ve highlighted a spectrum of intentions, perceptions, and ramifications behind the temporary use of what I call transition spaces (including the PLOT and Grove) in Newton, Surrey from 2014-2020. Despite their temporary nature, these interventions have had powerful effects for Newton, empowering residents who may have previously felt helpless or intimidated to take responsibility and engage in decision-making processes that impact their lives and communities.

I extend my deepest gratitude to all the community members who stepped up to share their stories. I view this thesis as more than just an academic document; it serves as a community resource, almost an archive that captures the history and essence of the PLOT and Grove.

What makes the PLOT exceptional?

Read what some leading social changemakers have written about the PLOT

Get Involved!

The PLOT is community-based. The edible, medicinal and pollinator plants are cared for by volunteers and are free for the community to harvest.

Are you a gardener and interested in volunteering? Perhaps become a Garden Mentor and guide a weekly or bi-monthly gardening group? Would you like to be part of a group of garden tenders that meet up to tend the garden?

Would you or your family, your school group, or organization like to take on a garden plot to tend and grow veggies for community harvest through the 2024 season? We have whole garden plots or a portion of a plot available if you would like to be a steward and grow food for the community.

Event Hosts — Would you like to host an event? Are you interested in sharing your skills or facilitating a fun nature or garden related event – art creating, birding, bee keeping, foraging etc? Would you like to volunteer to assist with any of our free community events.

Nature heals and the PLOT is a Healing Garden. It is a space for healing groups from the community to practice meditation, Tia Chi, Chi Kung, Yoga, etc.

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