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 Course’. Reserve Manager Kelly Hann approached Community Gardening to develop and deliver a series of talks and activities over three mornings in February 2016.
Given the overall title of ‘Gardening for Health and Well Being’, we looked at: ‘Wildlife in the Garden’ (How do we encourage wildlife and are the foes really friends? What nature provides for wildlife and how can we supplement and manage that?); ‘Being prepared – taking some of the stresses and strains out of gardening’ (Planning your planting for the year; avoiding personal injury; tool care and hygiene, and pest & disease control without chemicals), and ‘A healthy body; a healthy mind’ (Growing our five a day; Superfoods; Healing Herbs and planting herb pots for the kitchen).