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Enrolments soon for Yuen Long District gardening course

Amateur gardeners wishing to advance their horticultural skills are reminded to enrol between April 15 and 30 for the first gardening course in Yuen Long District under the Community Garden Programme.

The new course will start on May 22 at Area 107, Tin Shui Wai Community Garden, where participants can learn how to grow ornamental plants, fruit and vegetables under expert guidance and then take home the harvest.

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

Eight community gardens have been established since February last year. They are located at the Lion Rock Park in Wong Tai Sin; Tung Chung Tree Bank on Lantau Island; Wai Tsui Cresent Tree Bank in North Point; Fa Hui Park in Sham Shui Po; North District Park in Sheung Shui; Kwai Fuk Road near Kwai Shing Swimming Pool in Kwai Tsing; Tung Tze Nursery in Tai Po; and Ocean Park Road in Southern District.

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 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.

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.

Application forms are available at the Yuen Long District Leisure Services Office, 2/F, Yuen Long Government Office, 2 Kiu Lok Square, Yuen Long. Completed forms can be submitted between April 15 and 30. If the number of applicants exceeds the course's quota, places will be allocated by ballot.

For enquiries, please call 2478 4342.

Ends/Tuesday, April 12, 2005
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