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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!


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