On this page you will find updated information on news, events and funding opportunities specifically for Northern Ireland. You can also find contact details for our staff members and voluntary convenors in Northern Ireland, who are helping to support our work.
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Northern Ireland News
Regularly updated with news of interest to those involved with city farms, community gardens, allotments and other green spaces in Northern Ireland, plus details of training and networking events.
- Healthy Soil for Healthy Vegetable Growing, Derry, 18th April
- The Aviva Community Fund open for applications until 24th April
- Tesco Community Awards open for applications until 24th April 2015
- 12th Northern Ireland Allotment and Community Garden Forum
- Outdoor Wellbeing Network gathering
- Join the Community Garden Network Online
Healthy Soil for Healthy Vegetable Growing, Derry, 18th April
The Northern Ireland Organic Society and Transition Derry are holding this day of seed, seedling and information sharing for current and prospective vegetable growers. Keynote speakers are:
John Mc Cormick
11am – 12.00
'Cultivating a living Soil'
Organic Centre Leitrim
2.30 – 3.30pm
'Organic Vegetable Growing'
Tesco Community Awards open for applications until 24th April 2015
Grants of up to £2,500 are available for organisations with a turnover of under £5 million. The funding goes towards providing practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit health, environmental sustainability or opportunities for young people in the local communities around our stores in the UK. Go to the website for more information.
The Aviva Community Fund open for applications until 24th April
The Aviva Community Fund is now open for applications - share your idea for positive change in your community by April 24th for the chance to win up to £25K funding for your project. Go to the website for more details.
The 12th Northern Ireland Allotment And Community Garden Forum
The 12th Northern Ireland Allotment and Community Garden Forum (due to happen in Strabane on 26th March) has been postponed due to lack of funding but will hopefully be reorganised towards the end of April. More information will be posted here in due course.
Twice a year, the Forum brings together a range of stakeholders from all over Northern Ireland and from the South too - councils and local authorities, government agencies, NGOs and allotment and community garden representatives. It's a chance for people to meet, share ideas, get to know each other, and find out what's going on around the country.
Outdoor Wellbeing Network gathering
The Outdoor Well-being Network is a collaboration of projects and organisations working on Social Farming and Horticulture projects in NI and the Border regions. They have been working together to promote and represent their work to commissioners and the wider public. The group has been meeting informally over the past nine months to develop their ideas and would now like open up the discussion. So far they have:
• Researched case studies of similar networks formed elsewhere in the UK
• Carried out a consultation with 10 local projects on their needs and concerns
• Received training on good government relations and how to deliver effective campaigns
Investigated further funding for the network
• Enlisted the help of Collaboration NI, who have offered to help with further focusing our group.
The network held a consultation event in December 2013 at the Camphill Community, Glencraig, near Holywood in County Down, which was open to anyone interested in contributing to the development of the network. A further consultation event took place in the same month with Social Farmers in Donegal. There are plans for a national awareness day to highlight the unique benefits of social farming and social and therapeutic horticulture.
Join The Ireland and Northern Ireland Community Garden Network Online
The Community Garden Network site at www.communitygardeningnetwork.ning.com is an online hub for community gardeners, providing support and promotion, sharing resources and learning, and exchanging ideas. Partner organisations of the Network, in addition to FCFCG, are:
- Healthy Food for All
- GIY Ireland
- Dublin Community Growers
- Transition Ireland & Northern Ireland
- The Organic Centre
Northern Ireland Partners
Northern Ireland Environment Link (NIEL) is the forum and networking body for organisations interested in the environment of Northern Ireland. It assists members to develop views on issues affecting the environment and to influence policy and practice impacting on the natural and built environment of Northern Ireland.
NIEL's vision is to have a well protected and enhanced natural and built environment that is valued and cared for by people in Northern Ireland.
FCFCG and NIEL work as partners to support the growth of the community farming and gardening movement in Northern Ireland. For more information about NIEL, go to their website at: www.nienvironmentlink.org
Northern Ireland Publications
Sustaining your community garden: All gardens begin with good intentions, but because of the absence of a workable long term management plan some can become derelict and unloved. This guide outlines good practice to ensure the long term sustainabilty of community gardens and is based on research into 12 projects in Northern Ireland. It highlights how encouraging self-organisation in community growing projects can contribute to a good long term management plan.
Northern Ireland map: A map and directory aimed at helping people connect with real food and community green spaces in Northern Ireland was created by FCFCG and Northern Ireland Environment Link. Called Growing for Life in Northern Ireland, the directory includes details of farmers markets and farm shops; organic box schemes, community gardens and allotments, city farms and other specalised contacts.
You can download a PDF version by using the following link (but please note this is not a recent document and some details may be dated):
Northern Ireland Contacts
Miriam Turley, Northern Ireland Development Coordinator
Austin Herron, Voluntary Convenor
Tel: 0289 336 1002