This paper discusses a community-based research project that is a joint initiative between the University of Newcastle and Fig Tree Community Garden, Newcastle (and the project is partly funded by the University of Newcastle and a Newcastle City Council Community Grant). The overarching aim of the project is to contribute to a community garden network in the Newcastle area (and beyond). To do this we have used an interactive workshop-bus trip as the research ‘method’ and we are currently developing a website based on stories from the two-day bus trip. In this paper we discuss the performative approach to research that underpins the project, and we contrast this research-as-creation approach to the more familiar research-as-understanding approach. We discuss the decisions made about how to conduct the workshop-bus trip so that the research process itself might help create the reality of a community garden network. We also discuss the outcomes, to date, and characterise these as the knowledge creation, material outcomes and connections forged.
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