Green Fingers Workshops - July and August

Young people from several of our local playgroups and summer schemes joined up with the Connswater Community Greenway for a series of half day visits to Larne Lough Nurseries.

The programme was developed, in partnership with Larne Lough Nurseries, to raise awareness of the natural environment and the Connswater Community Greenway and to encourage young people to get involved in planting and growing ahead of the development of community gardens along the CCG route.

Green Fingers Workshop

During each half day session the young people were shown how vegetables, fruit and herbs were grown and maintained, taught the importance of protecting natural resources such as plants and water and shown how to grow their own vegetables and herbs with each participant planting their own herbs and/or vegetables to take home with them. The introduction to and feeding of the ducks, chickens and pigs was particularly popular with everyone and each attendee received their own free range duck or chicken egg.

Ensuring that the Connswater Community Greenway is utilised by all sections of our community is critical to its success and building on the enthusiasm of young people around the natural environment, planting and growing by providing opportunities to engage with the environment will ensure that we deliver a safe, accessible and sustainable linear park for the whole of our community.

Green Fingers Workshop

Many thanks to the young people from Bloomfield Community Association, Carew II Family and Training Centre, Short Strand Community Centre and Dee Street and Inverary Community Centres for agreeing to participate. A special thanks to Larne Lough Nurseries for their enthusiasm, expertise and ability to deliver a fun and informative introduction to growing. We look forward to delivering more such events as the Connswater Community Greenway progresses. Anyone wishing to become more involved with the project, with community gardens or with this type of event is encouraged to contact Sean either by phoning the CCG office (028 9046 7925) or emailing sean@eastbelfastpartnership.org.

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