About us

Groundwork NE & Cumbria, operating for more than 30 years in the North East of England and since 2012 in Cumbria, is a registered charity delivering, Changing places, changing lives – one green step at a time, delivering locally in communities it works on hundreds of individual projects each year. Focussing its activity in communities where it can make the most difference. You can view more about Groundwork NE & Cumbria here.

As an innovative and forward thinking organisation in order to operate as a charity Groundwork NE & Cumbria continues to develop a mixed portfolio of funding, including our own enterprises which provide support for the long term unemployed, young people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, through training opportunities and progression into further education, employment or volunteering.

gwk enterprises comprises of

The gwk shop sources and collects a range of waste and surplus furniture products from individuals, businesses and other organisations turning them into functional saleable products.

The gwk woodshed sources and collects a range of waste and surplus timber products from individuals, businesses and other organisations turning them into functional saleable products.

The gwk nursery’s approach is that of growing our own, and sourcing local produce, it is all about local trees, local plants and local people.

The Greenhouse was built in 2006 to be the first commercial eco building in County Durham. Ideally located just 10 miles from Durham Centre & 15 miles from Newcastle, it offers a high quality office space as well as meeting and conferencing facilities, within an unique, eco-friendly, professional environment. The Greenhouse is ideally suited for start-ups or small to medium size enterprises looking for a place to grow.

gwk enterprises