News Irish News

Thursday 22 March 2018

Gavin gets dug into urban garden

Diarmuid Gavin is joining forces with the students of one inner-city school to create an urban garden for the Simon Community.

The venture, organised through the community development organisation Localise, is designed to develop a green space for Simon's homeless shelter on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin city centre.

Pupils from Larkin Community College will design and develop the garden with help from the award-winning gardener.

Derek Cleary, Localise director of services, said the scheme showed the goodwill of people even in difficult times.

"Projects such as this demonstrate that, in these tough economic times, a caring multicultural society can, through service, transform communities in Ireland," he said.

The scheme is being sponsored by the Department of Justice. The US embassy also supports Localise.

Mr Gavin was just back from the Chelsea Flower Show where he was honoured for his spectacular tower garden.

Meanwhile, it's just days until the start of the annual garden festival Bloom, which begins on Thursday in the Phoenix Park.

Irish Independent

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News