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The New Growth Project - We All Can Grow!
Participants in The New Growth Project learn about gardening in an unpressurised environment. People from different backgrounds and abilities participate and interact together as a team.
Gardening together benefits mental health, brings people together as equals, and provides the opportunity to learn and grow as individuals while experiencing positive social interactions. The project aims to contribute to social integration through horticultural education.
The New Growth Project was established to value and encourage the participation of vulnerable persons and the unemployed in horticultural activities that can enhance their physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.
Gardening provides opportunities for people to experience nature, socialize, and have time to let the mind heal while interacting with soil, plants and nature.
This free course offers opportunities for people to experience the joys and benefits of gardening and working with nature.
Gardening together benefits mental health, brings people together as equals, and provides the opportunity to learn and grow as individuals while experiencing positive social interactions. The project aims to contribute to social integration through horticultural education. After an initial 12 week initial period participants have the opportunity to their horticultural education by engaging in practical our own HorticulturalCertificate Courses. Participants in the course have the chance to work alongside and learn from Ciarán Burke and other participants and volunteers with The Garden School at Marlay Park. There are no course fees. The places on the course are limited so as to keep the class size small and ensure that each person gets the attention that they need.
The course takes place at the Garden School at Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. Outdoor work involves growing vegetables and we are developing a cut flower garden. In the nursery participants learn to propagate plants and grow a range of ornamental plants.
Times and Duration
The training is held two days a week, (Monday and Thursday) for four hours each day, 10.00 am to 2 pm, the course runs for 12 weeks. Further learning
After the initial period of twelve weeks participants may choose to continue studying for up to a total of 48 learning as part of our own Certificate in Horticultural Principles and Practices. There are also opportunities for participants to volunteer in the garden with The Garden School.
Anyone over the age of 18 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.
Applications can be made at any time, but places on the course are subject to availability.
Referrals We work with organisations such as WALKand Headway. Over the last number of years we have had a number of participants referred to us from both organisations, we have also had referrals from HSE and other organisations working with people with intellectual disabilities.
General gardening and horticulture.
An informal course focusing on practical participation, developing the love of gardening, knowledge and skills while enjoying the social aspect of gardening with a group of other people interested in gardening.
Participants will also learn:
•Propagate and grow new plants from seeds and cuttings
•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
•Environmental impacts of horticulture and sustainability issues
•Organic methods of treating plant problems
Participants on the course will be encouraged to keep a work diary.
Ciarán Burke will be the prinicipal course tutor. Ciaran is a qualified horticulturist with over twenty years experience including horticultural food production, garden retailing, garden design and horticultural training and education. Ciarán is a well known horticulturist who writes for a number of publications including the Irish Garden magazine and lectures to garden clubs and horticultural societies. He possesses a great plant knowledge and is enthusiastic about growing edible crops and ornamental gardening.
Applying for the Course
NEW PLACES WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AT THE END OF EACH TWELVE WEEK CYCLE. AT PRESENT WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW APPLICANTS.
Applicants must send an up to date C.V.
There are no course fees. REGISTRATION FEE OF €50 IS REQUIRED.
Successful applicants must be prepared to work outdoors and as such have suitable footwear and clothing (e.g. wellington boots, rain proof jacket, gardening gloves etc.). Participants on the course must be able to work with others as part of a team and be able to take instruction.
We propagate and grow lots of plants with The New Growth Project at Marlay Park. The plants that we produce are given to local residence and community groups who are working on projects to enhance their surrounding and raise awareness of gardening and environment. We ask only for a small contribution to help cover costs of composts, pots and operating costs.
Working with organisations We have been delighted to be working with WALK and have three participants from their training programme on The New growth Project. WALK Rehabilitative Training (RT) programme is designed to offer people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to develop skills which empower them to lead more self directed lives.
We have a number of participants who have been referred by Headway, a charity that provides rehabilitation services for people living with Acquired Brain Injury.
We have participants referred from Community Employment schemes, HSE, Headway and Horizon Tallaght.
We have a number of opportunities for volunteers. You can volunteer to help in the garden for a few hours each week and learn about gardening. We will soon be starting work on our garden at Laurelmere and also in the walled garden.
We are also looking for someone to help with administration and drawing up a business plan to help bring The New Growth Project to the next stage of development and make a greater difference to the world.
Funding The New Growth Project
The Garden School operates as a social enterprise. We generate income by offering courses such as our Certificate in Horticultural Principles and Practices. We do not receive any government funding. Our facilities are provided by Dun Laogharie - Rathdown County Council, without their support we would not be able to run the New Growth Project.
When you enroll on a course with The Garden School, you are supporting The New Growth Project and helping others in our society to enjoy the benefits and experience the joy of gardening.
THE GARDEN SCHOOL, THE NURSERY, MARLAY PARK, GRANGE ROAD, RATHFARNHAM, DUBLIN 16, IRELAND
TEL: 01 9107963 INTERNATIONAL TEL;+35319107963 EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org