Grow North 2018

A new Grow North series for 2018 opened on Sunday 11 March with a "Getting Started" workshop led by Toni Clarke and Maggie Wormald.

Grow North is a series of workshops for those new to growing and the more experienced, offering a chance for guidance from experienced tutors and hands-on  practice, together with  opportunities to meet and exchange tips and share ideas with others.

View and download the Grow North 2018 programme .

To book sessions or find out more, email
(Booking important as sessions will need minimum numbers to go ahead)

For more detail on a workshop check the Events calendar  or this website page nearer the date.

Notes on workshops which have taken place are available on the  Training notes  page.


The 'End of Year'  Grow North session originally scheduled for 6 October has been cancelled.

Next Grow North session  (9)

Willow Christmas Decorations

Saturday 3 November    10.00 - 1.00
Findon Hall  Culbokie 
Tutors  Penny Edwards and Julie Shortreed 

Learn how to make traditional willow Christmas decorations, including: 

  • A decorative Christmas tree woven with willow and some other foraged material and bits and pieces lying around the house
  • A stranded willow hoop which will last for years and can be made into a beautiful Christmas wreath using a variety of hedgerow and garden materials.
  • A Christmas willow star

What to bring: A pair of secateurs, the sharper the better, a ruler or stiff tape measure

Optional - To make your Christmas tree more festive, bring any pieces of ribbon, large buttons and natural fibre twine/string you have lying around the house

For your Christmas tree and to make a start on decorating your willow wreath, bring a few hedgerow materials. Anything long (ideally over 2 ft), slender and bendy will work, for example ivy (with leaves on), long larch twigs with the cones attached and long strands of clematis – and also bring along some sprigs of holly and evergreens for the wreath.

Tea/coffee will be provided.
Suitable for children from 12 years.

Cost : by donation (suggest £5-£10), children under 16 free.

Booking essential : email

This is fully booked, but check closer to the time in case there are cancellations.


A report on Session 8    Composting - 'The Nitty-Gritty'

Tutors   Helen Greenwood and Brian Smith

Most of us who grow our own veg understand the concept of composting...recycling our garden and kitchen waste to be re-used on the garden after some time has passed and it has rotted down.  I've been a random composter for years, chucking stuff in the compost bin and hoping for the best.  So, Saturday's Grow North workshop at Netherton Community Garden on composting was a great opportunity for me to learn how to compost less randomly, and hopefully more successfully as a result.

A group of eight of us gathered in the garden on a breezy autumnal day.  Helen and Brian shared information with us on hot and cold composting as well as on making leaf mould, and had us take part in a few hands on practical exercises as well.  I learned quite a few tips about composting that I will be able to put into practice right away, including the utility of having a shredder (something now on my Christmas list!). 




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