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One-day horticultural workshops and other events run by the Sustainability Institute

Workshops and Courses run by the Sustainability Institute in 2019

Nut Cultivation
Fruit and Nut Orchard Establishment
Global Warming and Food Security Convention
Customised Workshops and Talks

Part-time Studentships in Agriculture for Climate Change: Land Rehabilitation and Small-scale Fruit and Nut Growing


Nut Cultivation (run in collaboration with Irish Nut Growers Association)

Nut crops are a viable and sustainable alternative to contemporary fossil fuel dependent agriculture, providing a zero carbon source of nutritious proteins, fats and carbohydrates, and offering increased food security for Ireland and greater resilience to the negative effects of global warming.

This part classroom, part outdoor workshop covers all aspects of successful nut cultivation in Ireland. While the main focus of the workshop is on cobnuts (cultivars of the common hazelnut) other nuts covered in the workshop include walnut, chestnut, heartnut, pinenut, monkey puzzle and edible oak, all of which have considerable potential in Ireland. Topics covered in the workshop include site and soil assessment, climate and micro-climate, orchard planning, site enhancement and development, choice of varieties, pollination, planting, pruning, feeding and maintenance, harvesting and nut tree propagation. The workshop also examines the commercial opportunities for nut crops and is a must for anyone considering nut production on a commercial scale.

The workshop will take place at the Regan Nut Farm (the venue for the very successful 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 workshops), home to over 900 cobnut, walnut and heartnut trees. The Regan Nut Farm contains Ireland's only commercial-size walnut orchard.

The outdoor part of the workshop will comprise a guided tour of the cobnut and walnut orchards, and the associated shelterbelts and experimental sites.


Course participants receive a free copy of the Irish Nut Growers Handbook (normally sold at €25)

Date: Saturday August 31st 2019

Venue: County Dublin

Price: €100.00 (including lunch)

This workshop is likely to book out. Advance booking is essential.


Orchard Establishment and Maintenance

This part classroom and part hands-on practical workshop looks at all aspects of fruit or nut orchard establishment and maintenance. Topics covered include site assessment, drainage and other remedial work, shelter and micro-climate modification, soil amendments and green manures, variety selection, planting, staking, protection from animals, mulching, disease and weed control, and pruning

While the emphasis of the workshop will be mainly on apples and cobnuts, other fruit and nut species covered by the workshop include walnuts, heartnuts, pinenuts, chestnuts, Monkey Puzzles, pears, cherries and plums.

This is NOT a beginners workshop. Some prior knowledge of fruit and/or nut trees is assumed. The workshop is complementary to the Nut Cultivation workshop (see below).

The outdoor component of the workshop will include planting and pruning of fruit and nut trees in an orchard situation.Detailed workshop notes will be provided.

This is a hands-on workshop. Participants will be actively involved in planting and pruning trees. In order to provide adequate supervision and tuition, each workshop is limited to 8 places. It is essential that participants are reasonably physically fit and are comfortable working outside in winter weather conditions

Date: To be announced

Venue: To be announced

Price: €100



Woodland and Coppice Management for Fuel Production

This workshop will examine the possibilities for domestic and/or small scale commercial fuel production from sustainably managed woodland or the wooded margins of gardens or fields. While emphasis will be on domestic fuel production, the methods outlined are also applicable to larger scale production. The two systems examined - micro-management of mixed woodland and coppicing - are both suited to low-tech as well as mechanised methods of harvesting.  Also covered in the workshop is the drying and storage of wood, resource assessment, choice of species, and use of wood-burning stoves.

Date: To be announced

Venue: Westport

Price: €80


Global Warming and Food Security Convention

Deep Blue: Facing up to non-reversible climate change. The melting of the polar summer ice and the prospects for human civilisation

Venue: Fruit and Nut Nursery

Date: 28th September 2019

More details here




Customised Workshops and Talks for Community Groups

The nursery can provide tailor-made workshops on grafting, pruning and other aspects of fruit and nut cultivation that are tailor-made to suit the requirements of community groups and other organisations. The fee for putting on full day workshops is normally €400 plus travel expenses, plus any expenses for materials (for example grafting materials). We can also give talks on a wide range of subjects including land rehabilitation, food security, and cultivation of fruit and nut crops. The fee for talks is normally €120 plus travel expenses.


Part-time Studentships in Agriculture for Climate Change: Land Rehabilitation and Small-scale Fruit and Nut Growing

The nursery is offering a limited number of places on a unique one-year studentship. See below for further details.



Further Information

Full-day workshops begin at 10.00am sharp and generally run until about 4.30pm. There is a one hour break for lunch. Participants should make every effort to arrive in good time. Workshops will start at the designated time and in order to prevent disruption to the workshop, people arriving late may be refused entry unless we have been notified in advance. It is a good idea to arrive a little early. Registration commences at 10am and hot drinks are available upon arrival. The registration period is a good opportunity to chat to the other workshop participants. Participants should come dressed for the Irish weather. In the event of poor weather, winter outdoor workshops may finish a little earlier. The grafting workshops are indoors but take place in an unheated building. Directions to the venue will be provided upon receipt of deposit.

Booking and Payment

Places are limited so advance booking is essential. Please send deposit of €50 per place required

Making Payment

Payment by Cheque, Postal Order or Bank Draft

Please make payable to the Sustainability Institute and send to:

Fruit and Nut
The Sustainability Institute
Gleann West

Co. Mayo F12 DN44
Republic of Ireland


Payment by Electronic Bank Transfer

Payment can also be made directly into our bank account.

Bank of Ireland, High St, Westport, Co. Mayo


IBAN: IE24 BOFI 9039 9855 6164 27

Account: Sustainability Institute

The IBAN should be entered as one continuous number (no gaps).

Some Irish customers may require the local sort code (90-3998) and the local account number (55616427)

If you are paying by electronic bank transfer please state your name in the space provided. This makes it easier for us to see who has paid.


Balance of Payment

The balance of payment is payable in cash at the workshop or by bank transfer/cheque beforehand. Please note that in the event of intending workshop participants cancelling, deposits can only be returned if more than 14 days notice is given (in order to have time to re-allocate the workshop place to someone else).

Enquiries and further information Tel 087 6714075

email: office (at) fruitandnut (dot) ie