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Thurso community project to run children's growing workshop


By Alan Hendry

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Morven McLean during the Thurso Grows Harvest Festival in 2019.
Morven McLean during the Thurso Grows Harvest Festival in 2019.

Thurso's food waste minimisation and community growing project is to run an online workshop aimed at getting children active in the garden.

When Thurso Grows gave the town's community garden a makeover this winter and put in a fun space for youngsters to play and learn about gardens and growing, as much second-hand material as possible as used – and the team realised that other people might like to have a similar space in their gardens.

The project has now put together a workshop showing how to build a fun area of the garden for children while reusing and recycling materials such as pallet boards and tyres to do it.

The free session will take place via Zoom on Saturday, February 27, starting at 11am. It will cover how to build your own mud kitchen using pallets, using tyres to create fun areas, easy ways for children to grow vegetables themselves and creating a fun worm bin composter.

The workshop will be delivered through instructional videos, followed by a question-and-answer session with some of the team.

Ann Brock, project co-ordinator for Thurso Grows, said: “Creating a special space for children has been something we have wanted to do since we started the project because children help find the joy in a garden.

"We are finally at a point where we are able to do that. We cannot wait to turn building our own area into helping show you how you can do it for your garden.

"This workshop is for all ages so feel free to have your children join in – they might be able to help you design your own space.”

Thurso Grows is run by Thurso Community Development Trust and is able to offer the workshop free thanks to project funding from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Ann (ann@thursocdt.co.uk) to book a place.


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