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Our Vision For The New Growth Project - Learn, Live and Grow
Our mission is to provide free education and training for unemployed and disadvantaged people, promote the mental health and well being that gardening can provide, raise awareness of the environment and bring people together socially through gardening and promote healthy active lifestyles.
Gardening provides opportunities for people to experience nature, socialize and time to let your 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.
Participants come from varied backgrounds; unemployed, people with intellectual disabilities and volunteers work and learn together in the walled garden at Marlay Park. The course gives horticultural training and education to individuals who have a desire to make the first step towards a horticultural profession, and also to encourage people to grow their own food and experience gardening and the benefits it brings for health and mental well being.
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. After the initial period of twelve weeks participants may choose to continue studying for up to a total of 48 weeks and gain an RHS Level 1 qualification in Practical Horticulture.. There are also opportunities for participants to volunteer in the garden with The Garden School.
Individuals will have different needs, we will try to meet individuals needs for further learning as part of The New growth Project and through the RHS Qualifications we will help people to gain knowledge and horticultural training to a level that suits their abilities and needs.
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.
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. Through his work with The Garden School he shares his love for his subject by preparing people for their Royal Horticultural Society examinations.
Fuki Yoshida who has been volunteering at The Garden School and whom has also stiudied for the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture and Aoife Munn, lecturer and qualified horticulturist (RHS M. Hort) will also be delivering the course.
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 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.
THE GARDEN SCHOOL, THE NURSERY, MARLAY PARK, GRANGE ROAD, RATHFARNHAM, DUBLIN 16, IRELAND
TEL: 01 9107963 INTERNATIONAL TEL;+35319107963 EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org