IT'S JULIANSTOWN'S little patch of heaven and now the Community Garden has not only been honoured with two national awards, but is now in line for a prestigious international gong too!
It's only been part of the community for five years but already the beautifully landscaped communal garden has become central to village life, and all that hard work is paying off with a two silver medals in the All-Ireland Pride of Place awards and in the An Taisce ceremony.
'We are so honoured to have won these awards and of course, they don't only go to the organising committee, but to all the villagers who come down every Saturday to pick weeds and tidy up,' said Niamh Ui Lionsigh, who, along with Clare Mc Enaney, Emer Dolphin, Jackie O Shea and Mary Logue, has been the driving force behind the project.
' This is such an important part of Julianstown life now – we recently had 500 people at a Halloween party there - and it is great to see it being recognised not only locally and nationally, but possibly next year in Turkey.'
In the All- Ireland Pride of Place awards in Limerick last week, the group took second place in Category 7: Community Garden, taking home a beautiful trophy and a cheque for €750, which will be sown back into the garden.
'We hope to use it next year to add a sensory garden and some children's seats,' added Niamh. 'We were then told we could represent Ireland in the grand final next year as we were one of six nominees in the Livcom Competition Nominees.'
As if that wasn't enough, the group also headed to Balrath, Kenstown last Wednesday where they also collected a trophy for the community garden and the clean-up of the mill.
'It's been quite a week, and we are so honoured,' she said. ' Thanks to everyone who nominated us, and Meath County Council for all their help.'