Whilst at one of the workshops held in the new Caw Nelson Community Growing Space, I stumbled across this lovely little space. Named the Marie Curie Herb Garden. Its a wonderful little space full of fruit, herbs and plants to benefit biodiversity.
for more history of this space, please see page 5 on the below Newsletter from Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Join me this Saturday from 1pm for a bit of Gardening banter in the newly launched Caw Nelson Community Growing Space....
Winter can be a dull affair, the autumnal colours of Autumn are a recent memory and many landscapes can appear dull and lifeless. This is where evergreens come into their own, in the winter months they can provide habitat, colour and interest in the landscape. This Cedar caught my eye on a recent stroll through Ebrington. Its glauca blue needles were being shown of by the winter sun and it just looked lovely.
Christopher from Clooney Community Centre has been pioneering a Healthy Tuesday message in the after schools club, on a tuesday only healthy snacks are allowed in the after schools club....a brave man some would say, but the kids are taking to it well and with this in mind we pitched up with the Love Food Hate Waste roadshow (all part of Europeane Week for Waste Reduction). We discussed the concept of 'food miles' and had a great chat about what could be grown in a typical Derry back garden....
the kids were right into it and were really interested, I brought along pictures from the Fountain Community Garden and they agreed that they'd love to build a few raised beds to grow a few things in - top 3 were Strawberries, Peas and Carrots...in fact not a top 3....they down-right demanded I helped them grow them...so watch this space...Thanks to Christopher for inviting me along...great bunch of kids, really polite and hopefully we'll not let them down!
Whatever food you love, check out Love Food Hate Waste on Facebook and see how you could save £50 a month!
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.
myself and kids venture forth into pure history
September saw the Non-Gardeners Gardening Club take a sunday morning stroll around the grounds of the fabulous Prehen House, you can read more about the house here on the official website, Prehen House is unmissable....you have to go there at least 3 times to get it all in...trust me..go and you'll see what I mean!! The pictures below give a flavour of the trip...but the stories are too plentiful, the images too many, the history to great to give it justice.....just go! (click on any pic for enlargement)
fabulous espallier pears
and after spending some 2 hours being generously toured around the home by Colin Peck, we ventured into the gardens....and we were in for a treat, some 8 acres of walled gardens, courtyards, outbuildings and ancient woodland...Soo much to see here...another day is needed to see it all...the pics do it no justice....you have to go!
Prehen House is an inspiring place, I'm delighted to have visited it and honoured to have such a genrous host in Colin Peck to guide the group around. Prehen House is open for tours, dinner parties and theme nights all year round, details can be found on their website. Also large allotments are available within the walled garden for £50 per year...again contact details on their website for this too. Folks, make it one of your 'things to do' and visit Prehen House!
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond