Dig this free training scheme

The Island’s Adopt-A-Garden project is to offering free training to new would-be gardeners thanks to funding from the NIACE Adult and Community Learning Fund. The ‘Can You Dig It?’ training scheme will start on Saturday 3rd December 2011. The local Footprint Trust charity set up the Adopt-A-Garden project three years ago, with the aim of matching up those without gardens with elderly people who could no longer look after theirs. No money exchanges hands and those involved share the produce.

However, the Trust soon discovered that many who wished to ‘adopt’ a garden had no growing experience and thus could not join the scheme.

Ray Harrington-Vail, the Trust’s General Manager explains…

“Many young families live in flats or only have very small gardens and thus have no growing space of their own. On the other hand many older people have gardens they can no longer tend…”

“Many people have no experience of gardening and growing and thus need to get some basic guidance and assistance…”

“We applied for funding in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council to the NIACE ACL Fund and they liked the idea of training more people to join our successful scheme. We always have a shortage of gardeners and thus this free training will fill that gap”

“The Adopt – A –Garden scheme helps reduce food miles and the food bills of those taking part and helps build a stronger community…”

The free gardening training will start on Saturday 3rd December this year and is limited to 20 people on a first come basis. Priority will however be given to those who are willing to ‘adopt’ a nearby older persons garden.

For more details please contact Don or Ray on (01983) 82-22-82 or email don@footprint-trust.co.uk