Councillors throw their support behind garden
COMMUNITY PROJECT ‘EXCELLENT’ PROPOSAL EXCITES COUNCIL
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.