Live the Good Life with Council’s Grow Your Own Veg Kits!


Applications and the reserve list for this programme are now closed. 

Roll up your sleeves, plant something wonderful and watch proudly as it begins to sprout from seed to stalk with the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Food for Thought initiative.

The Food for Thought initiative – which is now live – is open to all residents in the borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, will give away a limited number of free grow your own vegetables packs, perfect for all those budding gardeners as well as seasoned horticulturists out there!

Whether you have a windowsill or a sprawling garden, the grow your own packs will provide the right tools and resources to support and guide you in the world of planting and gardening as well as helping keep your kitchen stocked up with some delicious and fresh vegetables.

The free kit includes compost, pots, two hand tools, gardening gloves and seed packs for radishes, spring onions, pea shoots, carrots and beetroots – sure to get any vegetable patch or kitchen garden off to a flying start this year. Furthermore, it also contains a helpful information booklet, providing instructions and tips on planting as well as delicious and easy recipes for your home-grown vegetables.

Launching the Food for Thought initiative, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Kevin Savage commented:

“Well known for its holistic benefits, gardening is a fantastic way to enjoy some light physical activity at home, while also helping offer an outlet for stress and support for emotional wellbeing. What’s more, by growing your own vegetables, you’ll also reap the rewards of getting to cook with the freshest and tastiest home-grown produce, helping you maintain a well-rounded and healthy diet.

“So whether you’re looking to try something new this year, broaden your existing gardening skills or keen to introduce your little ones to the garden, then the Food for Thought grow your own kits could be just what you’re after. With limited packs available, make sure you don’t miss out!”

Running in partnership with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Food for Thought programme is funded by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme.

The programme is open to all residents in the borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon on a first-come first-served basis and applications will close at 4pm on Friday 12 February 2021.