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Groundwork NI Gardening course

Groundwork NI (Northern Ireland) is running two full-day training sessions in January for people wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables or manage an allotment. This follows the phenomenal success of their ‘Grown your own’ sessions in 2010.

Business Development Manager, Gary McNally commented, “Groundwork NI is keen to give local communities opportunities to develop skills to improve their quality of life. During this course you will learn the basics of growing vegetables at home, in a back yard or a small garden. It is the beginner’s guide for learning to grow your own and a must for anyone who wants to start enjoying the physical and health benefits that growing your own food can offer.”

Both courses are aimed at beginners and will cover a range of topics including composting, plant nutrition, controlling pests and disease, crop selection, digging techniques, site assessment, soil types and tools.

The cost is £50 and places are limited to fifteen participants, therefore, early booking is essential. A healthy lunch is provided and all participants will get ‘A Beginners Guide to Growing Fruit & Vegetables’ plus a container of seeds or seedlings to set them on their way.

Venue – The Groundwork Conference Centre, 63-75 Duncairn Gardens, North Belfast.

Dates and times – 15 January and 29 January, 9:30am-4:00pm both days.

Booking –  online at, use the “Register Now” button and complete your details, or email Dave Carver, course facilitator;, or phone 02890 749494.

Dave Carver is very experienced in this field and can provide bespoke training for individuals and community groups. If you would like to discuss this with Dave, please contact him as above.


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