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Enrolments soon for North District gardening course
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Amateur gardeners are reminded to enrol between November 8 and 20 for the next gardening course under the Community Garden Programme. The new course will start at the North District Park Community Garden inside the North District Park at Jockey Club Road, Sheung Shui, on December 19.

Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Community Garden Programme encourages people to participate in greening activities at community level and make greening part of daily life.

The previous courses, launched in parks or tree banks in Wong Tai Sin, Tung Chung, North Point and Sham Shui Po respectively since February this year, were well received by the public. The programme will then be extended in phases to other districts in Hong Kong.

"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, a department spokesman said.

"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. 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. Successful applicants can bring along four friends or relatives, who do not have to pay the course fee.

"The programme is tailor-made for city-dwellers who 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.

Application forms are available at the North District Leisure Services Office, 4/F Shek Wu Hui Municipal Services Building, 13 Chi Cheong Road, Sheung Shui. Other venues include North District Sports Ground, Luen Wo Hui Sports Centre, Tin Ping Sports Centre, Lung Sum Avenue Sports Centre and Wo Hing Sports Centre.

Completed forms must be submitted on or before November 20. If the number of applicants exceeds the course's quota, places will be allocated by ballot.

For enquiries, please call 2679 2819.

Ends/Thursday, November 4, 2004
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