Carrick allotment sessions to continue after workshops’ success

Workshop participants will learn how to grow their own produce. INCT 03-007-tc
Workshop participants will learn how to grow their own produce. INCT 03-007-tc
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Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is to extend a series of allotment workshops following the success of a programme in June.

The local governmment authority has just concluded a trio of free sessions, which were all hosted in the Carrickfergus area.

Training was held at Eden Allotment Gardens and Greenisland Allotment Gardens each Saturday for three weeks in June.

The workshops covered basic skills such as preparing and maintaining a plot, sowing from seed and plug, composting and organic fertilizers.

One of those who attended the session at Greenisland Allotment Gardens, Lisa Haggan, said: “The training was interesting and informative; I was able to learn some great planting and allotment management techniques.

“A lovely mix of gardeners attended and personal coaching was provided for the less green fingered among us - a very inspiring training programme.”

The project proved so popular that the council will be now be holding more throughout the year, a spokesperson said.

It is anticipated these will be on the first Saturday of the month, beginning Saturday August 1.

Allotment holders will be notified when the exact dates and times are confirmed.

There are still some plots available at both Eden and Greenisland Allotment Gardens.

To apply for an allotment plot, visit the Mid and East Antrim council website at www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/allotments and complete an application form.