Have you always wanted to create a garden but just not sure how to start?
This is the fourth year Cothrom Ltd, in partnership with Lews Castle College, will be offering the SVQ at Level 1 and 2 in Horticulture in Uist and Barra.
You will learn how to sow, grow, harvest, cook, and preserve your produce. Learn what grows well on the islands and how to achieve the best results in your garden; equip yourself with new skills in pruning, propagating, and producing colourful flower borders; improve the overall look of your garden or allotment and learn how to use a range of equipment. The flexible programme delivered from Ormiclate, South Uist will lead you through the process from seed packet to plate, enjoy the harvest of your own vegetables and much more.
This free course is accredited through SQA and is ideal for complete beginners or those who are already working or volunteering in this field. The 9-12months course will enable you to gain an SVQ Level 1 or 2 in Horticulture, whilst working in your own garden and the facilities at Cothrom and St Peters walled garden in Daliburgh.
Places are limited so if you would like more information on this training or wish to enrol please call 01878 700910 to speak to Agnes; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call into the Ormiclate Learning Centre.
Join us at Cothrom, Ormiclate, South Uist
on Wednesday 31st January and/or
St Peters Walled Garden, Daliburgh, South Uist
on Thursday 1st February
Both sessions from 10am to 1pm
Pop along and have a go at soil testing, seed sowing, composting, soil preparation and much more. You can also pick up information on our courses starting in March.
Staff, learners, and nursery children all took part in planting tree saplings from The Woodland Trust Scotland around the Learning Centre on November 15th. The trees will contribute to local biodiversity, while also helping prevent top soil erosion and fight pests and diseases.
On Thursday the 21st of September Cothrom held it's AGM for the financial year 16-17. The meeting was preceded by a performance by Cothrom Òg, and followed by lunch made from vegetables grown at Cothrom or at St Peters by Horticulture.
The AGM booklet is available at the Ormiclate Campus.
On Saturday September 9th Cothrom ReStore along with Horticulture and Cothrom Òg were open to visitors. The ReStore building was opened up and filled with furniture at discounted prices - to make room for a racking system to be fitted into the stock room. Horticulture sold vegetables grown either at St Peter's or here at Cothrom, and Cothrom Òg had a bouncy castle and face painting for the children.
A huge thank you to all of our staff, volunteers, and visitors who made it a success.
On Sunday August 27th at St Peter's Walled Garden in Daliburgh between 11am-6pm.
Market of local items including food tastings, recipes, gardening advice, with children's activities: sand pit, scarecrows, and drawing.