Dalby Square Gardens – Volunteers Needed!

Dalby Square Gardens Training Days
Wed 27th & Thursday 28th May
Preparing and Planting the Top South Borders

The aim of the training days is to gather volunteers in the Cliftonville Community to improve and nurture the gardens at Dalby Square for all the Dalby Square occupants and community to enjoy as an inspiring and relaxing social space.

Volunteers can sign up to a full day or half-day session beforehand. Spaces are limited to 15 people per session to allow for adequate supervision and training and for the number of tools available.
In April, a dedicated team of volunteers spent a day pruning overgrown shrubs and clearing debris and litter. Much was achieved.

We are asking for volunteers again to make themselves available for one or both of the following two days.

First day training: Wed May 27th, 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00-5.00pm
Lunch: 1.00pm-2.00pm Please bring a packed lunch if attending both sessions.
Training will be given throughout the day on plant identification, reading and following a plan, and preparing the soil for planting.

Second Training Day: Thurs May 28th, 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00-5.00pm
Lunch: 1.00pm-2.00pm Please bring a packed lunch if attending both sessions.

Plants will be arriving on the day. Instruction will be given on how to arrange, plant and establish the additional border planting,
Sarah Morgan is a trained Horticulture and Garden Design Lecturer and will be supervising both days. Experienced and novice gardeners are all welcome to share and learn horticultural techniques and practices, working together as a team to make a difference.

Guidelines for Volunteers
Volunteers are kindly requested to let Jenny Cranstone know beforehand which session(s) they will be attending: jennycranstone@hotmail.com.
Please turn up in good time before the beginning of each session to sign in and be guided through the health and safety aspects of the project. You will only be required to participate in tasks that you determine are within your physical range.
You will be issued with high visibility coloured clothing. Please wear this throughout the formal training session.
All volunteers should be wearing sturdy footwear and will be asked to wear some form of eye protection when pruning (sunglasses are fine). Long trousers and sleeves are recommended. Sun block and hats in sunny weather are also recommended.
Hand tools will be provided for the various tasks, but If you are bringing your own tools please make sure you are responsible for these at all times and that they are labelled.
Each task will be fully explained beforehand with a demonstration of Horticultural best practice.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to contribute to and create an overall management plan and strategy for the garden to ensure the planting is developed and maintained for all to enjoy in the future.

Thank you for being part of the Dalby Square Project.

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