Monday 24 July 2017

Council worker has plans to turn city green after success

Dublin City Council worker Dara O’Daly next to his ‘Greening the City’ show garden at Bloom 2017. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Dublin City Council worker Dara O’Daly next to his ‘Greening the City’ show garden at Bloom 2017. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Laura Lynott

He's a city council landscape designer who now holds the honour of being a silver medalist at the Bloom festival.

But Dara O'Daly (35), who gained the accolade for his design 'Greening the City', is certainly not resting on his laurels after his horticultural success yesterday.

The Dublin City Council worker, who made his first appearance at the prestigious event, now aims to capitalise on his award by promoting the necessity of green spaces across the city.

"It's been great to be part of Bloom and one of the best points has been getting feedback on my garden from the public who've visited the festival," the father-of-two said. "I have been working in my job for 10 years and I love it. Now I want to make the most of Bloom to help promote the introduction of more small green parks.

"Some designers came here to show high-end gardens, but I came to promote the work Dublin City Council's Parks and Landscape Services does for our communities and I love seeing people enjoy green spaces because not everyone has a garden.

Dara said he was "concerned" that not all children in Dublin and other cities get to spend time in green spaces.

Dara's garden was singled out for praise by Bloom's chief judge, Andrew Wilson. He was impressed by the designer creating a natural drainage system within his project - something Dara says could help prevent city flooding in the future.

The garden included the planting of a 35ft tall oak tree that was 40-years-old and transported from a Tipperary nursery. The UCD graduate also introduced the yellow Indian bean tree - a real talking point, due to its bright yellow leaves.

The tree will now be replanted in the Liberties, an area scheduled for further regeneration.

Irish Independent

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