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Enrolments start soon for gardening course at Kwai Tsing District

Amateur gardeners are reminded to enrol between November 26 and 30 for the next gardening course under the Community Garden Programme. The new course will start at the Kwai Fuk Road Community Garden (near Kwai Shing Swimming Pool) at Kwai Fuk Road, Kwai Chung, on January 1, 2005.

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 since February this year, were well received by the public. The programme will be extended in phases to other districts in Hong Kong.

"It is a great opportunity for city-dwellers to 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 33 participants, will be conducted in Cantonese. Each successful applicant will be allocated a plot of 2.25 square metres on which to practise gardening.

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 applicant 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 Kwai Tsing District Leisure Services Office, Room 805, 8/F Kwai Hing Government Offices Building, sports centres in Kwai Tsing District, Kwai Shing Playground and Tsing Yi Park.

Completed forms must be submitted on or before November 30. If the number of applicants exceeds the course's quota, places will be allocated by ballot.

For enquiries, please call 2424 7201.

Ends/Saturday, November 20, 2004
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