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Enrolments for gardening course starts next Monday
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Amateur gardeners are reminded to enrol between August 2 and 5 for the fourth gardening course under the Community Garden Scheme.

Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the new course will start at the Fa Hui Park Community Garden inside the Fa Hui Park at Boundary Street, Sham Shui Po, on August 29.

The Community Garden Scheme encourages people to participate in greening activities at the community level and to take part in greening activities as part of daily life. The scheme is being launched in phases at five parks or tree banks and will then be extended to other districts in Hong Kong.

A department spokesman said the first three courses, launched in Lion Rock Park, Tung Chung and Wai Tsui Crescent Community Gardens respectively, were well received by the public.

"It is a great opportunity for city-dwellers to get closer to nature and learn more about horticultural skills. Participants learn how to grow ornamental plants, fruit and vegetables in urban parks and then take home the harvest.

"We hope that residents who participate in gardening activities at their district parks will have their green consciousness enhanced and their community ties strengthened," he added.

The gardening course, with a maximum of 50 participants, will be conducted in Cantonese. Each successful applicant will be allocated a plot of 2.25 square metres on which to practise gardening. They can bring along four friends or relatives, who do not have to pay the course fee.

"The scheme is tailor-made for city-dwellers. Participants may choose the mode of participation that suits them best. They can take care of their plants from 8am to 6pm daily, or restrict their activities to holidays and weekends, letting the garden keepers look after the regular watering of plants," the spokesman said.

The Fa Hui Park Community Garden covers an area of around 1,100 square metres, divided into 50 plots. Each plot can accommodate up to 50 flowers or vegetables. Since most of the vegetables may take up to three months to harvest, each course lasts four months. The fee for each course is $400.

Application forms are available at the Sham Shui Po District Leisure Services Office, 7/F Un Chau Street Municipal Services Building, 59-63 Un Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. Completed forms must be submitted on or before August 5. If the number of applicants exceeds the course's quota, places will be allocated by ballot.

For enquiries, please call 2386 0945.

Ends/Friday, July 30, 2004
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