After a well-deserved night’s sleep at the Seven Horse Shoes Hotel in Belturbet, Declan brought me to Drumlane community centre to visit the garden. Drumlane is primarily a rural parish which includes a small part of Belturbet town. The community centre was built five years ago and has been paid for mainly by community fund-raising. It now provides a childcare service and a myriad of sports and community facilities, as well as being home to the Drumlane Sons of O’Connell GAA club. A patch of unused GAA club land adjacent to a children’s play area and the football pitch has been developed in to a thriving community garden. November is not a great time to visit but this video gives a flavour of the garden in full bloom.
Member numbers have increased every year since the first gardening course was run by my host, Declan Fitzpatrick, in 2008. That year 14 Continue reading
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This primary school visit in Galway was a real pleasure. Adrian Carey, one of the support teachers, showed me around the excellent garden project on the school grounds and I got a chance to meet a group of sixth class pupils to tell them all about my adventures and hear about their experience and opinions of the garden.
with the pupils in 6th class
I was then invited to meet some of the other teachers at break time and got treated to some tea and cakes by the charming school tea lady. A really enjoyable visit.
The garden is unique in a number of ways. One is that it is a joint community and school garden. The school is located on the west side of Galway city; it has disadvantaged status and hence qualifies Continue reading
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The Ballybane Community Organic Garden is organised through the Ballybane/Mervue Community Development Project (CDP). It was set up in 2006 by the Galway Healthy Cities Forum (Galway City Development Board). The project is funded by RAPID, Health Promotion Services, HSE West and City of Galway VEC.
with Gerry Folan, member of the Ballybane garden on Thursday
The garden is on council land that was previously derelict. But because the site is right beside a reservoir the council had some concerns about damage to underground pipes. They initially gave just a small site for the garden and when Continue reading
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Even though I’d visited the community farm and Ecovillage in Cloughjordan (see previous post) on the morning I was leaving for Gort, I still thought that I had plenty of time to make it there before dark. But it turned out that I’d completely misjudged the distance and when I got to Portumna, where the Shannon meets Lough Derg, and thought I was over half-way there, I’d only covered about one-third Continue reading
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One of the aims of the project once I start to work in Colombia will be to make connections between civil society groups there and in Ireland. Hopefully some community garden projects, slow food movements or transition Continue reading
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If Community Gardens are about a vision for a more sustainable future based on local food production and strong, resilient communities, then Scariff is very
local artists helping to create an inspiring space at the garden
much in the process of implementing that vision. The Community Garden there was set up five years ago with the help of my host in Scariff, Brendan. The initial intention was to create a social space to help in the integration of people with special needs in the community and a place to grow food for locals in the town. The core group involved in the garden at first has changed considerably over Continue reading
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Barbera Mulcahy is the gardener in resident in the Southill Resource Centre in Limerick. The centre was set up in Southill as part of the area regeneration project. The community has recurring social problems and the centre, which was a real hive of activity on Friday afternoon when I arrived and seems to have become a local community hub, is a big part of the local effort to reverse some of the negative trends of the past.
Plan of the garden on canvas-so it doesn't get damaged by the elements
The community garden is part of this effort to get local people to re-engage with their community in a positive manner.
When Barbera arrived at the centre in March of this year there were three raised beds and the resource was slightly under-used.
Barbera in the polytunnel
A FETAC horticulture course had been run with external help but there seemed to a p Continue reading
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The Mandala of Community Gardens (see previous post on CorkSimon gardens) project in Cork city coincided with the renovation of the arts centre in Mayfield. A grant was provided by a private donor to develop the garden in to a space for the community as part of the renovations. Local people were asked to participate in the design of the garden and workshops were held to bring peoples’ ideas together. Eimer and Claire, two external members of the Mandala project, brought groups and volunteers to Mayfield to work on the garden including a group from the permaculture course in Kinsale and gradually the garden took shape.
Individual projects were also developed around the garden such as a willow sculpture class and a cob oven Continue reading
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are not different from Nature.
We are part of Nature.
Our very existence on earth
depends on Nature.
In truth, it is not we who
protect Nature but Nature
that protects us
In 2004 as part of the preparations for Cork city’s tenure as European capital of culture, a project was initiated to develop community gardens around the city. My host in Cork, Eoin Mc Cuirc, was involved in what became known as the Cork Mandala of Community Continue reading
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I left Dunmore East at 8am yesterday. Hector woke me up and helped me to loosen up the stiff body and overcome the icy backroads out of town. This is what lay ahead.
140km of road to Cork city, by far the longest stage of the cycle yet and probably one of the longest that I’ll do overall. I was averaging about 23km per hour so far so I knew it would take me the best part of the day. I’d also been told that the scenery was great on the coast road between Dunmore and Dungarvin. The weather was perfect for cycling, cold but really Continue reading