Generations planting seeds for the future
GRANDPARENTS and children work side by side, planting seeds for the future, at the Dromiskin Credit Union and Medicinal garden.
The project, supported by The Argus through the 'Get Involved' campaign, has already seen a major transformation in the previously undeveloped green area at the heart of the village.
With a cross section of community involvement, the project has inspired a trans-generational approach.
'It ticks so many boxes, from the tidy towns to civic duty, to the nature element,' said Pat Mulligan, chairman of the Tidy Towns.
As principal of the local national school, he sees first hand the benefits of outdoors projects to children.
'This really celebrates the bond between children, parents and grandparents. We had several generations of families planting together, and it is such a joy to watch.'
Having already established a number of 'green themed' schemes at the school, he said that children were particularly proud to be involved in developing the Credit Union site.
'There are so many strands coming together with this project, and we are really looking forward to seeing it completed,' said Pat.
'This is definitely not the Dromiskin of two years ago,' added Mary Murtagh, Environment officer with Louth County Council, and a native of the mid Louth village.
She explains how previous Tidy Towns judges had highlighted the site as being in need of attention.
'We had decided that it was going to be developed, but were delighted to make it a part of the 'Get Involved' campaign.'
Louth County Councillor, Liam Reilly, another resident of the village pointed to the 'fantastic response' from local people to improving their local area.
'Everyone has got behind it, we are really pleased to see this sense of community spirit.'
'It is also really symbolic that this is the 50th year of the Credit Union, and they have really come on board with the plans to develop the garden,' added Liam.
He explained that the garden will be not only an artistic, colourful, and medicinal addition to the centre of the village, but will also link in with its monastic heritage.
'There is such a rich and vibrant history to Dromiskin, and we are keen to celebrate that.'
At the centre of the medicinal garden, two hands are raised aloft, cradling a flower basket.
Designed by local man Seamus McArdle, it incorporates the famous Credit Union symbol.
'I wanted to create something that represented the Credit Union's role in the community, and the work of local people in developing this site,' said Seamus.
Made from recycled steel and other materials, it stands proudly over the medicinal garden already blooming with plants and shrubs.
'This has been a fantastic project, really bringing the whole community together.'