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Make a Plastic Bottle Coldframe for CGN and Bloom ’13


Make a plastic bottle coldframe for the Community Garden Network garden at Bloom 2013 – A workshop at The Heritage Community Garden.
Sunday 26th of May – 11am to 3pm. Free. With Sandra Austin.

Upcycled plastic bottles

Upcycled plastic bottles

The Community Garden Network will have a small (2m x 3m) ‘postcard’ garden at Bloom 2013, and we need YOUR help to make one of the integral items for the garden – a coldframe made from recycled wood and plastic bottles.

Our postcard garden is called “All Part of the Pattern”, and will be “a garden reflecting the ideals and focus of community gardening in Ireland – social inclusion, improved nutrition, building community, sharing skills and knowledge. We are all – however different – part of the pattern of our community.”

A focal point of the garden will be a cold frame made from recycled wood and plastic bottles – “as well as being conscious of environmental issues, most community gardeners need to be inventive, as they’re working with limited resources”

Please come along and help to make the coldframe on Sunday, 26th May, at 11am in The Heritage Garden, Donnybrook.

P.S. We’ll need lots of plastic bottles, so please bring along any 500ml bottles (like the ones below) you might have.



The Craft of Beekeeping: A Complete Introduction to Beekeeping



Gain the confidence, practical experience and skills needed to successfully start beekeeping.

Date: Saturday June 15th, 2013
Time: 11am – 4pm
With: Peadar Lynch.
Cost: €75. (10% discount available for members of Dublin Community Growers and Cultivate)

This practical, hands-on workshop will demonstrate basic beekeeping techniques and show you how to successfully manage your bee colony through the seasons.

  • * Getting started, honey bee basics.
  • * What equipment do you need?
  • * Exploring the hive.
  • * Handling and managing bees.
  • * The beekeeping calendar.
  • * Gardening for bees.

Teas and coffees available, please bring your own lunch!


Homeopathy for the Garden. Workshop – Sat 11th May ’13


Homeopathy for the Garden. Workshop in Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
Saturday 11th May ’13 10.30am to 3pm – €45 fee. (€20 unwaged)

Meadow GrassesWould you like a pest-free garden full of robust, productive plants?
Would you like to achieve this affordably, sustainably and without toxicity?

Come to a practical workshop exploring the theory and practice of Homeopathy for the Garden with Mark O’Sullivan, homeopath at the Heritage Community Garden. Learn how to use the remedies that here in the garden we’ve used successfully against slugs, sawfly and aphids.

Learn how to select, prepare and apply appropriate Homeoapthic remedies that:

  • repel slugs, beetles, larvae and other pests in a safe, effective, non-toxic manner.
  • – heal fungal and bacterial diseases
  • – balance nutrient excesses & deficiencies
  • – restore damaged or traumatised plants and soils

Mark has been applying Homeopathy for gardens since 2007 and teaches this across the country, including at Seedsavers, The Organic College, the Organic Centre and Sonairte. When not treating people at Appletree, Ranelagh, Mark studies organic gardening at the Heritage Community Garden and qualified as a Permaculture designer with Rob Hopkins in 2004.

Here at the Heritage Community Garden, we’ve used Homeopathic remedies to rid our gooseberry bushes, that were almost destroyed, of a sawfly infestation. Our 200yr old apple and pear trees, that were brutally pruned and badly mistreated have been reviatalised by the application of remedies and our bean shoots were saved from the slugs by the remedy Helix Tosta.

To book, contact Mark O’Sullivan on 087 2380720 or mark@homeopath.ie

Here’s the Facebook Page for this Event

Introduction to Permaculture & Creative Food Gardening


Introduction to Permaculture & Creative Food Gardening – 1-Day Workshop

Permaculture introduction course

Where: Donnybrook Heritage Community Garden
Date and Time: Sat 27th April 10-5.30pm
Cost: €50/€35 unwaged
Facilitator: Helen Cantrell

Come join us for a day of fun and interactive hands-on learning!

You will learn about:

  • What is Permaculture
  • The Principles of Permaculture
  • Introduction to Food Forests
  • How Ecosystems Work
  • Creating Sustainable Bed Systems
  • Soil Care and Composting
  • Sowing Seeds and Raising Seedlings
  • Making DIY Greenhouses
  • Creating a Mini Polytunnel
  • Making Compost Tea
  • Making Natural Pest Controls
  • Lots of Interactive Games!

To find out more and to reserve your place

Email: Helcan2@hotmail.com or Phone 0876997958