Set up your own allotment in Newry

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Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Community, What's On
Newry and Mourne District Council are encouraging local residents to get active and healthy, while saving money at the same time, by setting up their own allotment at Alderside Farm, Armagh Road. The ‘Community Garden Programme’ offers people the opportunity to take on an allotment for a year at Alderside Farm at a reduced rate of £150. To get your allotment up and running, support and training is provided by the Conservation Volunteers, as well as starter seed packs. The Council launched the programme last year, and a number of community groups, as well as individual families, took up the offer. Fiona Maguire explained, “We have really enjoyed our experience this past year at Alderside, and with two young children we’ve had so much fun growing strawberries and tomatoes in particular. We are looking forward to growing more yummy fresh fruit and vegetables this year!” Danielle Begley, Biodiversity Officer at the Council added, “The community garden programme aims to raise awareness of the benefits of ‘growing your own’ produce and getting active outdoors. It will also save participants money on buying fresh fruit and vegetables, which can be very expensive.” All you have to do is register your interest before 20th February by sending your name, contact details and a small explanation of why you would benefit from having an allotment to Danielle.begley@newryandmourne.gov.uk or telephone Danielle on 02830313100. Please note, in case of over subscription, further selection criteria will be applied.

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