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Thursday 21 August 2014

Community garden gang off to the áras

Published 11/09/2013 | 05:20

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Benedicta McArdle and Seamus McArdle in the community garden at Dromiskin Credit Union.

THE Dromiskin 'Get Together' Community Project will be honoured with a special visit to áras an Uactaráin.

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THE Dromiskin 'Get Together' Community Project will be honoured with a special visit to áras an Uactaráin.

A community project like no other, the Dromiskin Credit Union and Medicinal garden brought together young and old, family and friend, to transform an undeveloped site the heart of the mid-Louth village.

Supported by The Argus through the 'Get Involved' campaign, the community project transformed the facade of the popular Credit Union building, developing the surrounding gardens into a growth area for herbs and plants.

In all, 22 local newspapers around the country supported local community groups in the 'Get Involved' campaign and all their groups and their editors have been invited to attend a reception hosted by President Michael D. Higgins in áras an Uactaráin this Thursday evening.

At the reception, TV presenter Duncan Stewart, who judged the competition, will announce the overall winner of the Get Involved project.

Inspired by the need to regenerate the unused strip of land in the village centre, the committee made up of volunteers have constructed an area that the people of the village could be proud of.

The project took shape over four different phases and was led by gardening expert Benedicta McArdle, master craftsman Seamus McArdle, along with hundreds of volunteer hours spent transforming the area into a beautiful Cottage and Medicinal Garden.

At the heart of the new look landscape is a contemporary sculpture of the Credit Union logo.

The building was also repainted and the car park was relined.

The new garden will act as a sanctuary for medicinal herbs that would have grown in and around the local area in Monastic times to treat illness.

The process of planting the different herbs and flowers was very much a community effort with volunteers ranging form eight to 80 years of age.

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