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Share the fun of gardening at Harvest Carnival

More than 10,000 city dwellers have shared the fun of being a city gardener and improved their horticultural skills under the Community Garden Programme.

The scheme launched by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) in early 2004 has established 18 community gardens throughout the territory.

To further promote greening in the community, the LCSD will organise a Harvest Carnival next Saturday (December 9) from 11am to 5pm, and Sunday (December 10) from 10am to 5pm at the Kowloon Park Piazza where members of the public can share the fun and the harvests of city gardeners. Admission is free.

Programmes of the Harvest Carnival are suitable for people of all ages. They include display of the 18 LCSD community gardens, display and sale of produce, plant-care workshop, horticulture demonstration, herb garden and green stalls.

Participating organisations are Produce Green Foundation, Hong Kong Organic Agriculture & Ecological Research Association, New Life Farm, The Warehouse Teenage Club, The Federation of Vegetable Marketing Co-operative Societies Ltd, and Yan Oi Tong Madam Lau Wong Fat Primary School.

The carnival will also announce the winners of the community garden competition.

The Community Garden Programme organised by the LCSD encourages people to participate in greening activities at the community level and to take part in greening activities as part of daily life through which they can increase their awareness of greening and environmental protection.

The programme provides a four-month gardening course for 30 to 50 participants each round, through which they can learn how to grow plants, including fruit and vegetables under expert guidance. Each successful applicant will be allocated a plot of 2.25 square metres on which to practise gardening and then take home the harvest.

The programme has been well-received by members of the public since its launch.

The 18 community gardens 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; Kwai Fuk Road near Kwai Shing Swimming Pool in Kwai Tsing; North District Park in Sheung Shui; Tung Tze Nursery in Tai Po; Tsuen Wan Park in Tsuen Wan; Ocean Park Road in Southern District; Tin Sau Road in Yuen Long; Che Kung Miu Road Playground in Sha Tin; Kowloon Bay Sports Centre in Kwun Tong; Pui Shing Road in Sai Kung, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park in Central and Western District; Tuen Kwai Road in Tuen Mun; Kowloon Tsai Park in Kowloon City; King's Park Recreation Ground in Yau Tsim Mong; and Wan Chai Park in Wan Chai.

For enquiries, please call 2601 8963.

Ends/Monday, December 4, 2006
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