“The profile of gardening has never been higher, with celebrity chefs extolling the virtues of home grown produce, and the glamour and colour of Chelsea, Bloom, and Garden Show Ireland on our screens. Throughout Northern Ireland schools, youth and senior clubs, church groups and community organisations have been rising to the challenge. With support from their local councils, the DoE Challenge Fund and the local environmental charities, these groups have revitalised endangered habitats (Bog Meadows, Belfast; Drumnamph Nature Reserve, Maghera), and are reclaiming wasteland to grow fruit, herbs and vegetables (Bellaghy Village Allotments; Maghera Community Walled Garden, Strabane).
Community Gardening offer a comprehensive range of training, design and project management support, whether you want to encourage the tots to appreciate the minibeasts in their garden, or undertake a major environmental or garden project. Meet my team of Associates and the services we provide in ‘About Us’ and catch up with local places to visit for inspiration and gardening activities to undertake in ‘Gardening Diary’’. You can also follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/communitygardeninguk).
So why don’t you and your neighbours pick up the gardening gloves and make a real difference to your community? I look forward to working with you.”
A two week summer scheme run through the Empower Project included two sessions of ‘Mucky Hands’ on the 2nd and 9th August, in Antrim Forum and Magherafelt NRC. We made some scarecrows and sowed herb [...]
I photographed this Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja) feeding on common knapweed (Centaurea nigra) at the National Trust managed, Crom Estate in Co. Fermanagh in July. The estate is the most densely wooded part of [...]
As part of my work for the Northern Regional College, I am teaching a two year horticulture course (CCEA Occupational Studies Level 1/2) to trainees at Greenlight Gateway in Ballycastle (http://www.greenlightgateway.com). Founded in 2007, Greenlight [...]