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Events

 

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Mid Ulster Vintage Rally

Saturday 2nd June
Springhill, Moneymore
Adult £5, Child £2, Members Free

Car Bazaar

Saturday 2nd June
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £30, Trailer £15

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Scenic Forest Walk

Monday 4th June
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Portmuck Geology Walk

Saturday 9th June
Portmuck, Co Antrim
No Charge, Donations Welcome

The World of Moths

Sunday 10th June
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Launch Event – INTERREG VA Collaborative Action for the Natura Network Project (CANN)

Tuesday 12th June
Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
Free

FSC Tollymore Teacher Training

Tuesday 12th June
FSC Tollymore, Co. Down
£40

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Moyola Waterfoot Nature Reserve – Himalayan Balsam Control

Sunday 17th June
Moyola Waterfoot Nature Reerve
Free

Wild in the Park: Falcons and Friends

Sunday 17th June
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

International Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2018

Monday 18th June
See website for details
See website for details

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Grass Roots Summer Outing

Saturday 23rd June
Downpatrick Area
TBC

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Jump in Muddy Puddles Day

Friday 29th June
Carnfunnock Country Park
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