Coun­cil­lors throw their sup­port be­hind gar­den

COM­MU­NITY PROJECT ‘EX­CEL­LENT’ PRO­POSAL EX­CITES COUN­CIL

Bray People - - About Greystones -

THERE WAS unan­i­mous sup­port at Grey­stones Town Coun­cil last Tues­day night for a pro­posed ‘Com­mu­nity Gar­den’ project, pre­sented to the mem­bers by Del­gany man Mark Ben­nett.

Mark and other mem­bers of the com­mit­tee, in­clud­ing chair­man John Har­ti­gan from Red­ford Park, have been plan­ning the gar­den since 2007 and can now pro­ceed no fur­ther without a piece of land on which to plant. They would like at least half an acre to be­gin with.

The pro­posal is for the grow­ing of fruit and veg rather than or­na­men­tal gar­den space. Mark told the mem­bers that any­one could join if they wish and the plan is to have a space that is safe and ac­ces­si­ble. The project will be run by the mem­bers.

Al­most 30 peo­ple are al­ready on board with a range of skills from en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism to man­age­ment to hor­ti­cul­ture. Prom­ises of fund­ing have also been made at this stage.

He said that

the em­pha­sis will be on learn­ing how to grow food, healthy liv­ing and co­he­sion and in­clu­sion.

‘We plan to have in­volve­ment from Tran­si­tion Year stu­dents with a view to per­haps run­ning FETAC cour­ses in the fu­ture.’

Coun­cil­lors around the ta­ble all said that the pro­posal was ex­cel­lent. Mayor of Grey­stones, Cllr. Ge­orge Jones, said that while the coun­cil has con­sid­ered a num­ber of sites, in­clud­ing the area sur­round­ing the pool com­plex.

He asked that the Town Clerk and the Town En­gi­neer meet with the group soon to progress the mat­ter on.

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