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It’s Garden Time – Spring into your Garden

Date: 19/03/2010

Bord Bia today launched a consumer campaign to kick start the gardening season in Ireland and to encourage everyone to get a little green fingered this spring. The “It’s Garden Time” campaign encourages the general public to get back out into their gardens and highlights the benefits associated with the pastime of gardening. Even moderate garden activity, which can involve walking, bending, stretching and reaching, has been shown to burn a minimum of 200 calories per hour.*

After one of the coldest winters on record it’s heartening to finally see the first signs of spring in our gardens. If the task is a little daunting and you are in need of some help or guidance, Ireland has an established professional community of quality assured nurseries, landscapers and garden centres. At its recent National Amenity Horticulture Awards, Bord Bia presented Quality Awards to 54 horticultural companies who successfully achieved the standards as set out by its Quality Assurance Programme. For a full list of service providers log on to www.bordbia.ie

To celebrate the launch of “It’s Garden Time”, Bord Bia is also giving you a chance to win a fabulous garden ‘Hangout’ – the latest garden accessory as featured on RTE’s Dragons Den series. Valued at almost €5,000, the ‘Hangout’ serves many purposes from an outdoor living space and BBQ area to a clothes drying facility.  For lots of tips on getting the most out of your garden and to be in with a chance to enter and win the competition, log on to www.bordbia.ie/gardentime
Bloom, Bord Bia’s annual gardening and lifestyle show, returns to the Phoenix Park, Dublin from June 3rd – June 7th 2010. Last year, the event attracted over 60,000 visitors.

Gardening guru Gerry Daly introduces 6 year old Aoife Walter, Dublin to the joy of gardening at the launch of Bord Bia’s “It’s Garden Time” campaign, celebrating the start of the new gardening season and encouraging everyone to get a little green fingered this spring. To celebrate the launch of the campaign, Bord Bia is also giving you a chance to win a fabulous garden ‘Hangout’ – the latest garden accessory as featured on RTE’s Dragons Den series. For lots of tips on getting the most out of your garden and to be in with a chance to enter and win the competition, log on to www.bordbia.ie/gardentime

* Source: Horticultural Trades Association