Grow Together With New Permaculture and Community Growing Project

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Grow together

Local residents can now play their part in the design and creation of a new community garden at Kinnego Bushcraft Centre – thanks to an exciting new project led by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough (ABC) Council.

Funded by ABC Council’s PEACE IV initiative, the Permaculture and Community Growing Project starts on Wednesday 9 June 2021 and aims to bring together local individuals and groups – of all ages – to not only devise and develop their own community garden but also to share and learn new skills, grow the community, and connect to nature.

Using the ethics and design principles of permaculture – an innovative framework for creating sustainable ways of living – the programme uses horticulture and gardening activities to help participants develop new skills that support environmentally friendly and healthier lifestyles.

Through a mixture of outdoor and indoor activities – led by ABC Council’s Bushcraft instructors – participants will benefit from learning how to grow and cook healthy food, increasing their awareness of environmental sustainability and food security, taking part in a range of creative waste reduction practices and so much more. All while working together as a team to create a beautiful shared community garden for everyone to enjoy and feel proud about for many years to come.

“This is a great opportunity for local residents to unite and work towards a common goal, which will not only benefit the local area, their community and the environment but also themselves as individuals”, comments Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Kevin Savage.

“Promoting good physical and mental wellbeing, the sharing and learning of new skills and knowledge, as well as connecting with new people and forging new friendships; this is a truly wonderful project and one I would urge local people to get involved in.”

Grow Together

To be eligible to apply to the Permaculture and Sustainable Living Programme you must live in the ABC Council area. ABC Council welcomes applications from all sections of the community, particularly those from areas of social deprivation.

The project is funded by the PEACE IV Programme, a cross-border initiative, financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). This programme has been designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.

Further information

Closing date for expression of interest is Monday 31 May 2021. With limited places available, please note an expression of interest does not guarantee a place.

For more information contact or complete an expression of interest here.