Grow North 2017

A new Grow North series for 2017 opens on Sunday 12 March with a "Getting Started" workshop at Netherton, Culbokie.

Grow North is a series of workshops for those new to growing and the more experienced, offering a chance for guidance from experienced tutors and hands-on  practice, together with  opportunities to meet and exchange tips and share ideas with others.

View and download the Grow North 2017 programme .

To book sessions or find out more, email
(Booking important as sessions will need minimum numbers to go ahead)

For more detail on a workshop check the Events calendar  or this website page nearer the date.

Notes on workshops which have taken place are available on the  Training notes  page.


Co-op funding for Grow North  May - September 2017

Are you a Co-op member ?
Do you know about the 'Local community fund' ?
It's the Co-op's way of giving back to local communities...

Use this link to find out more...

As a member, every time you shop at the Co-op, 1% of what you spend on own brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund.

Co-op members have already earned over £9 million for over 4,000 local causes.  This money, along with money raised from carrier bag sales, is used to support local projects that benefit the community close to where you live.  If you’re a member you can choose the local cause you want your own 1% to go to.

For the next 6 months - May to September - TBI's Grow North project (annual series of gardening workshops to support 'growing your own' on the Black Isle) is one of the local causes you can choose.

If you'd like to support us choose us as your local cause...
Thank you.


The only formal session during July and August is a repeat of Fuggo King's winemaking workshop, following very high demand for the first one.

Those who were on the waiting list for the original session will be given priority, but there are a few other places available.

Additional Session   Sunday 20 August
The Warren  Kilcoy  IV6 7RX    10.00 - 1.00

Facilitator:  Fuggo King

Winemaking for beginners
For more details see the calendar.  Bring a notebook.

Cost: by donation (Suggest £5-£10)
Booking essential - by emailing

In addition to that we have arranged a number of visits to TBI members' gardens.

Open Gardens - July and August 2017

An opportunity to see and appreciate varied types of gardens and learn from experienced gardeners with different approaches to growing.  This year includes the opportunity to see how allotments operate and organise themselves.

Sunday 30 July
11.00 - 5.00  - BIPA, The Warren, Kilcoy Farm, Muir of Ord, IV6 7RX

Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (BIPA), run by Clive and Julie,  is a 2.5 acre smallholding and ScotLAND Learner Permaculture demonstration site in the early stages of developing designs and systems for sustainable, ecologically balanced living.  It features vegetable gardens, orchard, meadow and woodland, along with an eco renovated house.  We will be opening the garden for people to explore and find out more about Permaculture.

More information and directions can be found on our facebook page
or on

Sunday 6 August   11.00 - 5.00    BIPA (see above  - 30 July)

Saturday 12 August   2.00 - 4.30   Stoneybank, Culbokie, IV7 8JH
Martin and Penny have an extensive flower garden, vegetable area, polytunnel and a forest garden.  Tours at 2.00, 3.00 and 4.00pm, but welcome anytime inbetween to wander.

Saturday 12 August
2.00 - 4.30   Culbokie Community Gardens, Netherton, Culbokie, IV7 8JH

An opportunity to see the developments at this community garden with small informal plots gardened by different people.  Welcome to wander and enjoy the garden, and chat to gardeners, Lesley, Sue and Helen.

Sunday 20 August
2.00 - 4.00  The Rosemarkie Allotments, Greenside Avenue, Rosemarkie
(2nd right off Greenside Ave - please park in Greenside Ave)
These allotments have been going now for several years; come along and see how
they've developed - it's also an opportunity to see how several different people plant and grow.

Also open during July and August  by prior arrangement to anyone who'd like to come and visit

Maggie Dove's garden in Jemimaville
The garden is mature with trees, flowers, fruit trees and vegetables and follows permaculture principles.  Maggie also practices the 'no dig approach' to gardening.  
Email to make arrangement to visit and for directions.

Fuggo and Geoff King's croft garden at Inver, Tain
Open weekdays (not weekends)
Trish, who visited last summer, wrote afterwards:

"Twenty years of dedication has transformed a two-acre field into an intriguing Forest Garden.  And what a brilliant use of my favourite tree the Hazel everywhere, interspersed with pockets of surprises; a young Sweet Chestnut (that means 20 years old) in a circle of Hazel, a glade with benches to party, a couple of vegetable gardens and a big open lawn with polytunnel and greenhouse.

"A great interest in growing vegetables is apparent, with strawberries and gooseberries flowing down to meet them.  And don't forget the raspberries (the woodland fruit), some for people, some for the birds and all propped up with Hazel sticks!  A most happy, different and entertaining afternoon spent down in the woods near Tain."

Email Fuggo on to make arrangement to visit and for directions.

There is a downloadable leaflet with all the open garden details.

For general enquiries about Grow North email Julie at


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