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Events

 

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Christmas Fair at The Argory

Saturday 2nd December
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

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NIEL AGM 2017 & GDPR Information Session

Wednesday 6th December
Window on Wildlife (WOW), Belfast
Free

Santa’s Magical Kingdom at The Argory

Thursday 7th December
The Argory, Moy
Adult £7 Child £15

Fermanagh Choral Society Christmas Concerts

Friday 8th December
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Yuletide Market at Rowallane

Saturday 9th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Have a go: Coppicing

Saturday 9th December
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Magical Christmas

Saturday 9th December
Castle Coole
Adult £5, Child £15

Belfast’s First Repair Café

Saturday 9th December
Farset Labs, Belfast
Free

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 10th December
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Dec out your Gingerbread Man

Saturday 16th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free, Donations Welcome

Christmas Social Event

Sunday 17th December
Members House
N/K

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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