Another fundamental principle of ours is that the skills taught or the expertise provided are feed into projects that directly benefit the wider local community.
This type of creative community volunteerism is a modern urban version of the Irish rural tradition of ‘Meitheal’.
Ballinfoile Community Organic Garden: Local Food Produce & Wildlife-friendly
|Michael McDonnell welding at Cumann na bhFear, Ballinfoile|
Galway City Council leased to the group an excellent two story premises (complete with workshops, meeting room, kitchen, toilets and offices) in the Sandy Road Business Park.
The volunteers want to return the park to the principles of its founders when they established the park in the late 1990s in order to create a large urban woodland populated by native Irish trees that functions both as a Wildlife corridor and a People's Park. By creating a forest in an urban setting, it was to serve as the Lungs of the City, encourage citizens to reconnect to Nature and act as a sanctuary to indigenous flora and fauna at a time when across the planet, commercial farming, habitat fragmentation, deforestation, pollution, road construction, urban sprawl and the resulting global warming is leading to a mass extinction of species.