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.
- Conference: Towards a Wellbeing Framework, Belfast, 10th June
- BBC Radio Foyle interviews FCFCG CEO Jeremy Iles at 12th Northern Ireland Allotment and Community Garden Forum
- Join the Community Garden Network Online
Conference: Towards a Wellbeing Framework: Taking the Next Steps
This free Carnegie UK Trust conference will discuss how to place wellbeing at the heart of governance in Northern Ireland. Earlier this year the Carnegie Rountable on Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland presented its report with seven steps to improving wellbeing by developing and delivering a wellbeing framework for Northern Ireland.
The event is for everyone who is interested in improving wellbeing in Northern Ireland - citizens, volunteers and staff. It is for those working in the public, private and community and voluntary sectors. The event combines sessions with experts and politicians with workshops to explore wellbeing and help develop the wellbeing framework further.
The conference takes place at Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast on Wednesday 10th June 2015 from 10am - 4pm. It is free but registration is required - go to Eventbrite to book your place. You can read the Carnegie Roundtable report by clicking here.
BBC Radio Foyle interviews FCFCG CEO Jeremy Iles at 12th Northern Ireland Allotment and Community Garden Forum
The 12th Northern Ireland Allotment and Community Garden Forum took place at the Strabane Health Improvement Project in Ballycolman on April 24th 2015. The forum is a chance for stakeholders from all over NI - and the South - to meet, share ideas, get to know each other, and find out what's going on around the country.
This year 35 delegates from community growing projects and local councils across NI attended, as well as representatives from gardens in Donegal and Dublin.
One attendee commented "This is a great event for finding out about community gardening in other parts of NI, and what's happening in your back yard. I'll definitely use the contacts I made today and the ideas I picked up. It's also great to see these beautiful projects for myself, there is so much happening in Strabane!"
Jeremy Iles, CEO of FCFCG, and Jarlath McNulty of the Strabane Health Improvement Project addressed the gathering before discussions and site visits to the Strabane Health Improvement Project, which is soon to include a new 'Men's Shed' facility; the Burn Walk, a community managed woodland managed by the Fountain Street Community Development Association in partnership with the Woodland Trust; and the Drumrallagh Community Garden, managed by the Drumrallagh Residents' Association and the Housing Executive, which is developing an outdoor classroom facility.
Jeremy Iles also took part in a lively BBC Radio Foyle interview with Patrick Hosey from Omagh Men's Shed, talking to Mark Patterson about the community growing movement. Click here to listen to the interview, which starts at 1 hr 19 mins in.
The picture above (by Joanne Lindsay Butler) shows Forum attendees at the Burn Walk with staff from Fountain Street Community Development Association, and the Drumrallagh Residents Association.The Forum was kindly supported this year through the Big Lottery Fund, through the Awards for All programme.
Join The Ireland and Northern Ireland Community Garden Network Online
The Community Garden Network site at www.communitygardennetwork.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