Green shoots: New community allotment to transform part of Waterford city-centre
The project at St Carthage’s Avenue, just off Barrack Street in the heart of the city, is an initiative by locals in conjunction with Waterford City and County Council.
It will see a section of grassland transformed to provide a multitude of mini gardens, each cultivated by a member of the public.
Speaking about the initiative, local Fianna Fail Councillor Eamon Quinlan said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to be involved in this project. It’s so heartening to see locals step up and want to take ownership of an area that has been subjected to neglect and illegal dumping, given to the community to provide a series of beautiful gardens that people can grow fruit, vegetables and flowers.
“Similar projects in Ferrybank are so popular there is a waiting list in place to get a spot. It’s early days yet for this project but I expect there will be a huge uptake of people who would like a little patch to cultivate and care for. It has proven very relaxing for all types of people, those retired, working all week and looking for a calming hobby or for children to teach them about horticulture.”
Cllr Quinlan said the official opening of the new allotment will take place once the “Covid crisis has passed”.
But, he added, until then, inquiries from members of the public who wish to be a part of this initiative and adopt a parcel of land to try out their growing talents are encouraged to check out the groups new Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/top.of.the.city.garden. They can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PHOTO: Main photo: Shutterstock. Above (from left to right) Cllr Eamon Quinlan, Mary Quigley (WCCC property management), Przemek Sledzik (Group Secretary), Justyna Traore (Group Chairperson)