Tuesday 20 March 2018

New garden to bloom at Davidstown NS

Esther Hayden

Davidstown National School is one of 85 projects nationwide which received a Grow It Yourself (GIY) grant.

The total grant fund was €70,000 with groups receiving between €500 and €2,000.

At Davidstown National School the group received a grant of €1,000 to start a garden at the school.

A spokesperson for the project said: 'At the moment our school has nothing in the way of a garden at all. We are taking baby steps at the moment and this started with the planting of some bulbs. We really want to move towards growing our own vegetables and fruits in a big way. We visited our local fruit farm, Greenhills, a few weeks ago and the children were very excited by this. We would love to see us as a Wexford school grow our own berries as well as a range of other fruit and veg.'

Founder of GIY Michael Kelly said: We are delighted to award the recipients of the 2017 Energia Get Ireland Growing fund. This is one of those dream days at work where we help 85 community groups from all across Ireland to get their food growing initiatives underway. The number of applications we received this year has been the highest amount ever received; these motivating and creative plans, which have been outlined will have real impact for people in parishes, towns, villages and cities across 31 counties. These types of projects usually struggle to find funding and supports and we are very pleased that GIY in partnership with Energia can now support these groups to grow food in their own communities."

In addition to the funding provided, GIY will also provide additional supports and opportunities for knowledge exchange between the projects, helping the best ideas to be shared through 'Energia Get Ireland Growing'. All of the projects remain part of the GIY network in the long term, giving them access to other GIY resources and additional groups and projects within the network, creating a long-term legacy.

This is the fourth year of the fund, which has already supported more than 400 community food growing projects to date, positively impacting over 100,000 people. Some of these flagship projects include an edible quayside project in county Wexford, which has seen tomatoes flourishing on the railings at the New Ross quayside.

Enniscorthy Guardian