Thursday 25 December 2014

Everything comes up roses for new allotment holders

Emma Jane Hade

Published 21/05/2014 | 02:30

Moulding potatoes at the Belmayne Allotments and Community Garden yesterday were (left to right) Grace Culen (11), Emmet Dalton (8), Niamh Cahill (11) and Sarah Treacy (8), all from St Francis of Assisi Primary School in Belmayne
Moulding potatoes at the Belmayne Allotments and Community Garden yesterday were (left to right) Grace Culen (11), Emmet Dalton (8), Niamh Cahill (11) and Sarah Treacy (8), all from St Francis of Assisi Primary School in Belmayne

More than two acres of land has been set aside by Dublin City Council for allotments. Belmayne and Clongriffin in north Dublin will be home to 112 plots.

A community garden was also given to residents in the Cluid Housing Association in the city centre, after a number of assessments and consultations with the local authorities.

Liam Kavanagh was one of the keen gardeners at yesterday's launch who is looking forward to tending to his new crops.

“I've been getting great enjoyment from it. It is one of the best things I have been involved in for a while, it has given me a great outlet,” he explained.

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“I have always been interested in gardening. I don't have one at home, so I was very interested in getting an allotment,” the 64-year-old north Dublin resident added.

He said that he has sown potatoes, cabbages, onions and lettuces in his plot, which is eight metres square. Mr Kavanagh believes that there is now “a substantial waiting list” for the allotments.

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