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February 18, 2012

The New Growth Project

by Ciaran Burke

The New Growth Project is a charity project that we have started with The Garden School to provide free horticultural training to unemployed people. The first course shall take place in our garden in Co. Mayo. There are no course fees and the course does not receive any goverment funding. We are going to grow this project to provide training to more people and offer more courses.

Any profits made from The Garden School will go to The New Growth Project. If you want to support our project you can do so by enrolling on a course, book a one day course in our garden, we can come to your garden to deliver a course, you can buy a T-Shirt

Anyone over the age of 18 and not currently in employment, not taking part in a training programme or in education is entitled to apply. No experience in horticulture is required and no knowledge of gardening is expected.
Successful applicants must show an interest in gardening/nature and be willing to work in an outdoor environment including enduring a little rain. Participants will need to have their own transport.

Course Contents

Through the practical work, instruction and homework participants on the course will learn a number of skills and gain horticultural knowledge over a number of subjects. There will be an opportunity to prepare for and sit one unit of Royal Horticultural Society examinations. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the following:
•Propagate and grow new plants from seeds and cuttings
•Name a range of plants
•Understand how plants grow and their requirements for healthy growth
•Grow vegetables and fruit for home use.
•Select, places and plant ornamental plants in borders and in the garden
•Weed control
•Garden layout
•Environmental impacts of horticulture and sustainability issues
•Use of tools
•Organic methods of treating plant problems

For more information and application forms:

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