Green fin­gers out in force

Bray People - - NEWS -

AL­LOT­MENT HOLD­ERS at Festina Lente in Bray went back to their green fin­gered ways last week, when they started the grow­ing sea­son once more. Spring is in the air, and they know it. As well as the al­lot­ment hold­ers, a few new com­mu­nity gar­dens have been set up in the much sought af­ter plot in the Festina Lente walled gar­den on Old Con­naught Road. 'Ev­ery­one had an en­joy­able morn­ing of dis­cus­sion on the forth­com­ing sea­son and soon got to work on their plans for the year,' said Anne Glee­son, gar­dens man­ager. 'If you would like to view our al­lot­ments, the walled Vic­to­rian gar­den, gift shop and plant cen­tre, they are all open to the pub­lic seven days a week.' The Cen­tre also fa­cil­i­tates a very suc­cess­ful gar­den al­lot­ment pro­ject for men af­fected by cancer in as­so­ci­a­tion with Bray Cancer Sup­port. The pro­ject was de­vised in re­sponse to a concern raised by the Bray Cancer Sup­port Cen­tre who was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing prob­lems with en­gag­ing male cancer pa­tients in sup­port ser­vices. In re­sponse to this, and in or­der to ad­dress the psy­choso­cial sup­port needs of men with cancer, an ini­tia­tive was agreed which in­volved the men meet­ing in a neu­tral en­vi­ron­ment, the gar­den. For more in­for­ma­tion on Festina Lente, go to www.fes­ti­na­

ABOVE: Keen­gar­den­er­sat the­firstal­lot­ment­meetingof theyearatFesti­naLente.

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