Tipperary Energy Agency has secured funding as part of the Grundtvig Learning Partnership and is offering eight people the opportunity of an all-expenses paid eco trip to Holland in April. The Grundtvig programme seeks to improve the quality and European dimension of adult education. It aims to make lifelong learning opportunities more widely available to everyone in Europe. This is the fourth of five trips. The first was to Leuven in Belgium. The second trip saw the participants travel to Tipperary, where they visited Templederry Community Farm, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Drombane-Upperchurch Energy Team and Gurteen Agricultural College. The third trip saw the participants visit strong examples of low resource use in Italy. A future trip to Turkey is also planned for later in the year. This trip to Holland will take place from 22 April – 24April 2015. Highlights of the trip will include visits to;

  • De Cluft, a social initiative/community centre active since 1977 which plays an important role for both young and old with courses such as flower arranging, painting, pottery, computer training, dancing gymnastics and crafts;
  • Landgoed Scholtenszathe, an agricultural enterprise where participants will learn about agriculture technology and sustainable energy;
  • Drenthe College, where participants will take part in a workshop and learn about financing local energy initiatives.
If you are interested in applying, fill out the application form here. Closing date for entries is 5pm on 13 March.