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Greenlight Gateway.

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 Gateway is a registered charity that provides support and training to young people with a learning disability, in the Causeway [...]

Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership – ‘Feeding the Locals’

In spring 2016, Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership ran a series of ‘Spring Community Events’, delivered by a range of invited speakers. On Saturday 16th April 2016 Community Gardening delivered ‘Feeding the Locals’ at the Workspace Polytunnel, Back Row, Draperstown. The event was attended by a wide range of ages and interests. We discussed the needs [...]

Gardening for Health & Wellbeing – Drumnaph Farm and Community Nature Reserve

Drumnaph Farm and Community Nature Reserve, An Carn, is located a few miles outside Maghera. They have community allotments, woodland walks and camping, and run short courses on many subjects including wild food foraging, natural shelter building and woodland crafts. The organisation secured funding from Cookstown Western Shores Area Network to host a ‘Horticulture Therapy [...]

Winter Wildlife

December 2015 proved to be one of the mildest on record, with the result that many spring plants had started to emerge, and insects which should have been hibernating were still available for insectivorous birds, mammals and amphibians. The New Year has heralded a change, and along with the wind and rain, we have had [...]

‘Landscaping’ Your Garden

Community Gardening would like to thank the staff of the Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership for their support for the ‘Landscaping’ Your Garden Project, and the management committees, staff, volunteers, and pupils of An Rath Dubh, St. Eoghan’s Primary School (Moneyneena), St. Columba’s Primary School (Straw), Moneymore Heritage Trust (and The Jungle), Moneymore Primary School, and [...]