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Scrub Clearance and Hedge Management

Sunday 1st October
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve
Free

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Presentation on Invasive Species in the Glens of Antrim

Wednesday 11th October
St Mary’s Parish Centre, Cushendall, Co. Antrim
Free

Tackling the Decline in Pollinating Insects: Boosting Community Partnerships and Engagement Nationwide

Thursday 12th October
Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London
See website for details

Belfast Sustainability Network – Sustainability Social

Thursday 12th October
Sweet Afton Bar & Kitchen, Brunswick Street, Belfast BT2 7GE
Free

One enchanted evening at Oakfield Glen, Carrickfergus

Friday 13th October
Oakfield Glen, Carrickfergus
£5 per child; adults go free

Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

Saturday 14th October
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
Resident: £135, Non Resident £99

Grass Roots AGM

Saturday 14th October
Newtownbreada Presbyterian Church Hall, Ormeau Road, Belfast
Free

Red Squirrel Walks in Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Saturday 14th October
Slieve Gullion Forest Park, 89 Drumintee Road Killeavy, Newry, Co. Armagh BT35 8SW
Free

Cregagh Wood Walk and Hide Visit

Saturday 14th October
Cregagh Wood – Meet at St Patrick’s Church
Free

Pond Improvement

Sunday 15th October
Rea’s Wood Antrim
Free

Bird Ringing Demonstration

Sunday 15th October
Forest Rd, Forkhill
Free

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Red Squirrel Talk

Tuesday 17th October
Cushendall Library
Free

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FuSIon Fest – The Social Innovation Festival

Thursday 19th October
See website for details
Free

Environment, Farming & Social Policy: Towards an integrated food strategy in Northern Ireland

Friday 20th October
Queens University Belfast, Canada Room, Lanyon Building, University Road, Belfast
Free

Ballycastle Forest Walk

Saturday 21st October
Ballycastle Forest Park
Free

Life on the Lough

Saturday 21st October
Mount Stewart
Free – Donations Welcome

Brent Watch

Saturday 21st October
Strangford Lough – Greyabbey Carpark
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Ghost and Gourds Spook–tacular

Saturday 21st October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Autumn Pumpkinfest

Saturday 21st October
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Squirrel Information

Sunday 22nd October
Laragh Lodge – Glenariff Forest Park
Free

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Half–Term Hallowe’en Fest

Thursday 26th October
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Mexican Day of the Dead

Saturday 28th October
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hallowe’en Fun

Saturday 28th October
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Poison Chocolate Apple Dunking

Saturday 28th October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland Management

Sunday 29th October
Saintfield Estate, Saintfield Co Down
Free

Glenarm Forest Walk

Sunday 29th October
Glenarm Forest Park
Free

Hallowe’en Fest and Craft Fair

Sunday 29th October
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Wild Food Ramble at Cottage Wood 26 September 2017

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG) facilitated a lovely event on Sunday 17th June under their Big Lottery Funded ‘Growing Resilience’ initiative

 

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Growing Resilience is a two–year programme, which aims to increase social capital and resilience in the community growing sector through bringing community gardens together to support and share skills with each other.

On Sunday it was the turn of Cottage Wood Allotments in Cushendall, who hosted three other community growing groups for a Wild Food Ramble, followed by a tour of the community garden and a feast of allotment food and preserves.

The forage/ramble was expertly led by Caitriona O’Keeffe, who brought the group around Cottage Woods, identifying and explaining the multitude of wild foods that she uses in her cooking.  Rowan berry marmalade anyone?  After the forage we were invited in for ‘allotment soup’, homemade wheaten bread and a range of pickles and jams, and then sent off with recipes for many of the delights we’d tasted. The whole group from Cottage wood – Abaigeal, Bernie, Katriona, Moira and Una, put in a huge effort to host the event and their hard work paid off, as everyone enjoyed it immensely.

 

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Growing Resilience came about to address some of the concerns growing groups right across NI face, such as isolation, a lack of volunteers and constantly having to chase funds for day to day running.  Research has shown that very often volunteer leaders within groups feel under immense pressure to keep the project going.  Rather than bringing external trainers in to teach these skills, FCFCG work with participating groups to identify what skills already exist. By sharing skills among the groups both individuals and groups as a whole become stronger and gain confidence.

For more information on how FCFCG can support you to develop or run a community garden, or if you would like to get involved in the Growing Resilience project please contact:

Susan Lynn / Miriam Turley

Email: Susan@farmgarden.org.uk / Miriam@farmgarden.org.uk

Tel: 07738921719 / 07725699442

Also, please see our website for a huge range of excellent resources and research on the benefits of community growing.

www.farmgarden.org.uk/your-area/northern-ireland