BLOOMING WILDFLOWER SALES FOR DESIGN BY NATURE
Permaculture principles behind the business
When FH Wetland Systems (FHWS) was set up in 1996, the aim was to clean up Cork Harbour. Still, to achieve that goal, the company has worked on cleaning up watercourses around the country, as and when the opportunity arises.
Not enough to simply clean up water, FHWS’ aim is to have low to zero energy inputs, sequester carbon, provide wildlife habitat, and sometimes firewood, fertiliser or compost as a by-product. These multiple outputs from a potentially resource-intensive waste management process is permaculture in action.
As part of the same aim Féidhlim Harty, founder of FHWS, has written for Permanent Publications in the UK; producers of Permaculture Magazine, and a range of practical eco-friendly books.
Septic Tank Options and Alternatives Tank Options and Alternatives and Permaculture Guide to Reed Beds both examines practical solutions for wastewater treatment. Towards Zero Waste looks at household waste and how and why to reduce it. All part of the same goal towards a cleaner world. wetlandsystems.ie. ✽
Horticulture student numbers on rise at Teagasc College
Teagasc College recently held a virtual event to promote its courses and studying for a qualification in Horticulture. College Principal John Mulhern, along with colleagues Louise Jones, Christopher Heavey, James Brady, and Paddy Smith gave presentations on the college courses and the student activities in the Horticultural College. This hour-long event was broadcast via Zoom. Attendees were able to participate in the Q&A session towards the end of the event.
This academic year, the college is operating a blended learning format whereby students take live lectures online and attend in small socially-distanced groups to the practical events in both the National Botanic Gardens and Teagasc Ashtown. Numbers participating in Horticulture courses at Teagasc College have risen this year and overall there is a high level of satisfaction among students in the courses they are following. Anyone interested in a career in Horticulture contact the college directly through the Teagasc website. ✽
Blended Horituclture at UCD and new appointments
University College Dublin (UCD) has been operating at the equivalent of level IV of the Covid-19 emergency procedures since the beginning of this autumn’s trimester. Most
lectures are delivered online and some students have a blended experience with face-to-face practical sessions or virtual online laboratory sessions. Many of the single entry under CAO code DN 250. Dr Caroline Elliott-Kingston, Assistant Professor, has been appointed Head of Horticulture and Programme Director at UCD and two new lecturer positions in Sportsturf and Amenity horticulture will shortly be advertised. ✽
DR CAROLINE ELLIOTT-KINGSTON, HEAD OF HORTICULTURE AND PROGRAMME DIRECTOR AT UCD
Autumn Lawn Care from Goldcorp
This year’sCovid-19 crisis meant that many families spent the year making full use of their back gardens. Barry Murray, MSc Chief Agronomist at Goldcrop Ltd says, “While the weather has been kind enough to allow us use this extra outdoor room it has meant that the family lawn has been heavily used throughout the year.
Now is the perfect time to give the lawn a bit of TLC to ensure it looks the best coming out of the
winter. “Moss control can be carried out in shady areas using either sulphate of iron or liquid Moss Out. Moss Out can be applied with either a watering can or a knapsack sprayer. “The whole lawn would benefit from a good feed such as Landscaper Pro Autumn and Winter Feed. This is a professional grade fertiliser designed for the amateur user and gives up to three months’ nutrient release making it perfect for domestic lawns as pictured.”
For more information email Goldcorp: email@example.com or phone: (021) 4882800).✽
Andy Campbell consulting launches brand new website
As we look forward to emerging from the most uncertain trading period in the recent history of garden centre retailing, the time is right to take a long, hard look at your business to determine whether it is fit for purpose in tomorrow’s commercial environment. To coincide with these unprecedented times Andy Campbell Consulting has totally rebranded and redesigned their website to enhance its content, appearance, and navigation. While nearly all new business to this specialist business development consultancy practice comes from word-of-mouth referral, the website is often used as a point of reference and information source by potential clients.
The website features comprehensive detail about Andy’s skills and experience, the services offered, past and present clients, along with numerous testimonials from across the industry. “I have been advising clients on business development for nearly two decades, so I thought it was high time I put some of this into practice within my own business,” commented Andy. “We have been busy over the spring and summer months working remotely, but we are looking forward to supporting the gardening sector in whatever way we can.”
The website address is www.andycampbellconsulting.co.uk. ✽