WORK EXPERIENCE HONES HORTICULTURAL SKILLS IN SONAIRTE’S WALLED GARDEN – 4th wk in June 2013

Sonairte, Ireland’s first Visitor Eco-Centre and Gardens, Laytown, 25 miles north of Dublin City, is looking beautiful this summer. Admission is FREE so many passers by are dropping in for a walk around and a cup of coffee and even a light lunch.  The 18th century walled organic garden is also a good place to learn about sowing, planting hoeing, weeding, mulching, composting, watering, pruning, digging, grafting and all the other skills which come in handy in growing food or in horticulture more generally.  The word sonairte means ‘good energy’. This centre also depends on the energy of good volunteers as it is a registered charity. Any money made from selling produce grown in the garden etc. is needed to maintain the old buildings and pay minimal expenses so that volunteers on the bread-line are not out of pocket.

From time to time, Sonairte volunteers are delighted when visitors express interest in volunteering  a few days, weeks or longer as work experience. In recent times, the garden, marketing department, nature trail, ecoshop and Sunflower Café have all appreciated volunteer help. If you are interested or know of a

Áine on work experience in Sonairte as part of a horticultural qualification, harvesting edible organic flowers for the Dublin Food Co-Op.

Áine on work experience in Sonairte as part of a horticultural qualification, harvesting edible organic flowers for the Dublin Food Co-Op.

nybody else who might be interested, please contact Geraldine in Sonairte at 00 353 41 982 75 72 or email info@sonairte.ie. The website is www.sonairte.ie.

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