Community garden opens at The Plots
Published 30/07/2013 | 05:24
Around 200 people gathered to celebrate the official opening of The Plots Community Garden and Allotments in Carlow town recently.
In the past the site had become extremely run down and an area where illegal dumping was rife, however now it has become a haven for the green fingered gardeners of Carlow.
The new development consists of a community garden with 27 allotments, a children's sand play area, a communal herb garden, a porta cabin, a picnic area, rockeries, a communal composting area, a training area and containers to collect rainwater.
Cathaoirleach of Carlow Town Council, Cllr Eileen Brophy, was on hand to cut the ribbon and officially declare the space open and she was presented with a basket of beautiful fresh vegetables for taking the time to attend.
Cllr Brophy praised the work of everyone involved, remarking that the area had been transformed in a very short space of time from a dumping ground into a wonderful community space where people could grow their vegetables, socialise and pass on these skills to their children and grandchildren.
Assistant Town Clerk Margaret Nolan paid particular tribute to the local residents, who really got behind the project and ensured it was such a great success.
As well as being supported by Carlow Town Council, the residents efforts were supported by a number of local businesses who provided sponsorship, St Catherine's Community Services Centre and the Delta Centre who provided the advice of horticulturalists.
Carol Kehoe, Chairperson of the Plots Steering Committee thanked everyone for their hard work in turning an eyesore into something that the whole community can be proud of.