Healthy Horticulture for our people and places at this year’s Balmoral Show

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Healthy Horticulture for our people and places at this year’s Balmoral Show

Healthy Horticulture for our people and places at this year’s Balmoral Show

September 9, 2021 Victoria Ross

Visitors to the Healthy Horticulture section at Balmoral Show 2021 will have the opportunity to learn about Social Farming, a regional initiative coordinated by Rural Support.

Social Farming will be showcased as a service delivered by farmers, providing the opportunity for individuals with support needs to get involved in farming in a supportive way. Activities are structured, meaningful, and seasonal. Horticulture features across all farms offering Social Farming in Northern Ireland, both in terms of food production and the healing power of nature. Social Farming participants benefit through social inclusion in the farming community and the physical and mental benefits of being outside interacting with nature.

One of the farmers who deliver the service said, “Providing Social Farming services has brought a new lease of life to our farm, and to us as farmers, allowing us to share our connection to the land and to nature with our community”.

The team from Rural Support’s Social Farming Support Service and practising Social Farmers, along with participants will be available to speak to all visitors interested to learn more about this innovative service. Dr Aoibeann Walsh, Rural Support’s Head of Social Farming and Innovation commented “This is a great opportunity to be part of the horticulture stand at Balmoral Show and we are very grateful for their support and allowing us to share the story of Social Farming and its positive impact on the individuals participating on farms across Northern Ireland”.

This year’s Show will run from Wednesday 22nd September to Saturday 25th September, that’s four action packed days of family fun.  Come along and visit us this year, whether you’re from the city or countryside, a first time visitor or repeat show-goer, we hope to see you there.  Tickets are now available to purchase online at www.balmoralshow.co.uk. Please note this year tickets are day specific only and must be purchased prior to the Show. Conditions of entry can be found online at www.balmoralshow.co.uk.

If you would like to find out more about Social Farming please call us on 028 867 60040, email socialfarming@ruralsupport.org.uk or visit the following page of our website: https://www.ruralsupport.org.uk/what-we-do/social-farming-northern-ireland/.

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