Part One: The New Communities of Galway city

Rediscovering a sense of community in 21st century urbanised Ireland. 

Over the last five years, there has been an explosion of gardens in Ireland that are community-based, organic in ethos and helping to turn former wastelands into lush green oasis of vegetables, herbs and fruits often located within urban neighbourhoods. Members benefit not just from growing their own food but also by enjoying a healthy outdoor lifestyle that provides an environment for people of all ages to meet and to socialise together. People are being given the opportunity to discover a sense of place, of communal belonging and therefore of purpose. Biodiversity flourishes too due to the absence of toxic pesticides and the growing of native wildflowers and fruits.

On last Saturday, in spite of the bad weather 24 volunteers including Galway city councillor Mairéad Farrell turned up to enjoy the work, the banter and the camaraderie in Ballinfoile Mór Organic Community Garden.

Volunteers Needed for our Community Garden this Saturday
Once again, our weekly reminder goes out to lovers of community and of Nature to join us tomorrow (Sat) from 11.30am in the Ballinfoile Mór Community Organic Garden.
We will be continuing the work of developing the 'Living Green Tunnels' made out of Willow Trees and of constructing a wildlife as well as the regular myriad of tasks involved in organic gardening at this time of the year.
In return for all your hard work, we promise volunteers a nice lunch of teas/water, salad and cakes in the company of friendly folk!
Next week, we will be hosting a pruning workshop. 

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