Thsi week a group of City and Guilds students from North West Regional college worked with The Conservation Volunteers and Derry City Council to plant and repair some hedgrows in the Blackburn Crescent/Avondale Avenue Park in the Waterside....it was cold and crips but the guys got well tore in, planting a good few hundred.
Oak Sapling planting
Last Friday myself and the HOPE (Horticulture Organic Produce Environmental) students from The Playtrail who are doing a City and Guilds Level1 in Horticulture joined the Conservation Volunteers for some Oak sapling planting in Claudy Country Park....we planted these 4+5 year old oak saplings which had been gathered from acorns from the wood previously and growin on in mushroom boxes...
saplings being planted
RAPID, Derry City Council and the Woodland Trust have come together to form the
Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership which aims to “create a vibrant, natural
and cultural diverse landscape within the Faughan Valley that the whole
community appreciates, and is engaged with, making it a sustainable landscape
for living.” and it was as part of this we were called to action!
the pictures are a bit deceptive.....it was lashing rain...and I mean lashing, so after a few hours the group were getting a bit fed-up and restless, so I was delighted that landscpaer Paul O'Kane from Garden Care Landscapes showed up to offer some inspiration and gee-up the guys....
Details of the project can be seen here in the Londonderry Sentinel piece...
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond