Residents and visitors in Gorey will soon be able to graze on fresh local produce thanks to a locally-led project that has taken root at the edge of the town.
A recent planting day at at Orchard Park saw members of the Wexford Environmental Network (WEN) and many others plant a wide variety of flowers, herbs and fruit with the aim of providing food for our local pollinators and people. The planting day was part of the Edible Network Villages and Towns Eire (ENViTE) project – an initiative established by the Wexford Environmental Network to encourage people to gradually re-plant unused ground with food, or with flowers for pollinators. The area was given to the group from the Tidy Towns, and it is hoped it will be developed alongside their existing nearby orchard.
“We received a grant from Wexford County Council to plant species for pollinators. With that in mind, we had a focus on planting perennials and pollinator-friendly plants. We planted herbs such as sage and thyme, and many other species. As this is connected with our ENViTE project, we also planted berry bushes, such as raspberry, blueberry and current bushes,” explained organiser of the ENViTE project, Susana D’ascenzi.
Once these plants grow, members of the community are welcome to pick what they please.
"The whole point of ENViTE is having access to spaces where people can walk by and help themselves to what’s there,” explained Susana.
In the coming months, volunteers with WEN will continue to maintain the space, while they also hope to install signs in the future to offer information on the edibles on offer.