Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fingal Integration Funding Scheme

I would like to announce that we have been sucessful in our application to Fingal county council Integration funding scheme. Fingal Integration Funding Scheme for 2011 aims to promote intercultural integration in the County. The Scheme, which is funded by the Office of the Minister for Integration (OMI), may provide grants to groups and projects working towards enhancing the participation and integration of Fingal’s Ethnic Community.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Flowers For Applewood

To say a big thank you to Damien and Florence from the Boulangerie Francaise two members Aiveen and David planted flowers outside the bakery on the weekend. Damien and Florence have been very supportive throughout all the planning. Letting us have meetings in their bakery and donating pastries to our bulb planting days, not to mention the fantastic soup on our tree planting day! The panseys were donated by B & Q in swords. Thanks guys they look lovely!

Grow You Own Classes

On Sunday the 26th March Michael Connolly was very kind and opened up his Rolestown Garden Centre early for a special grow you own class for Broadmeadow Community Garden and GIY members. Michaels expertise and knowledge of gardening and growing veg is amazing. We all learned how to sow seeds, what type of soils to use, how to pot on and how to give our little baby seedling the best growing environment to grow great Veg. Even the littlest of our gardeners got to plant some seeds! We visited the Veg plot in the garden centre which has raised beds, fruit bushes, chickens and ducks! All the members who were there got so much from the class. We would like to give a big thank you to Michael and the staff in Rolestown for all their help.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tree Planting Day! 12 Mar 11am

11am - 12pm Planting fruit trees

12pm - 12:30 pm Break and refreshments

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Finish planting trees, herb and seed sowing.
Childrens painting

Please RSVP to broadmeadowgarden@gmail.co

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's starting to take shape!!!

Our garden is starting to take shape!

Even with the awful weather the students of Teagasc struggled on and began building the fencing on our community garden. It looks fantastic!.

There will be some alterations to the plan needed as the council said the maintenance entrance was too small but that's only minor.

We will be meeting at 11am Saturday 19 Feb at our new garden!. This is just an informal meet up and we can plan then when to continue on with the wonderful work that was started!.

Take a look at our garden so far!

A huge thank you to Teagasc for their great work

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Newsflash: Community Foundation Grant

More great news!!!

The Broadmeadow Community Garden received a letter from the Community Foundation for Ireland stating that we have been awarded a grant for our garden.

The Community Foundation for Ireland seeks to inspire donors and support charities and community groups. Established in 2000 we have made grants on behalf of donors of over €6million, mostly in Ireland.

Things are looking good for our garden project.

Don't forget the meeting on Saturday!.

Sat 12 Feb 11am Applewood Village empty unit as usual.

We will be doing the following for the Garden:
- Writing a health and Safety Statement/ Assessment for fencing next Tuesday.
- Assessing materials needed and purchasing.
- Future planning.
- Grants

Please also return membership forms asap to Deirdre our treasurer with relevant fees.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Willow Hedge Making Workshop in Phibsborough

Event: Willow Hedge Making Workshop
When: From 12 noon, on Saturday 26th February.
Where: The Serenity Community Garden at Great Western Villas, Phibsborough,
Dublin 7.
Event Details:
A living willow fence will be planted around the perimeter of the Great Western Square and District Community Garden, which is located at the end of Great Western Villas. As well as providing a natural fence with leaves and foliage in summer, the planting of this willow fence by the Hedge Laying Association of Ireland will provide a workshop for gardeners, residents, and the unemployed. This free event will explain hedge planting and its history, willow usage and its ecology, and a more general introduction to ecological gardening and biodiversity.
Further Information: Robert Moss. Tel: 086 3579663 Email: robcontrolaltdelete@yahoo.com

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Broadmeadow Community Garden get funding boost!



Broadmeadow Community Garden get funding boost                                                      

A bid by Broadmeadow Community Garden to improve the local environment has been given a boost thanks to a cash injection by An Taisce.
We the residents would like to create a community garden within our local area. This garden would be used as a communal growing space for local residents, schools and groups. It would give the members the opportunity to do the following:

  • Learn about the natural environment
  • Share knowledge about growing and the environment.
  • Grow vegetables and plants for their own use.
  • Reduce foodmiles of their produce.
  • Add to their local community spirit.
  • For those in appartments the opportunity to access to outdoor space.
  • Gain a greater awarmenss of enviromental issues such as biodiversity, water conservation, recycling, composting & sustainability.

Steering Committee

The group currently have a steering committee to lead the project. We are using the Dublin City Community Gardens as a model.

Catchment area would be local to the project and only members who give time to the project will be involved.

Environmental Issues

  • Reduce waste
  • Recycle
  • Composting
  • Water conservation
  • Encourage wildlife through biodiversity initiatives.
  • Enviromental education initiatives
  • Reducing food miles
  • Reducing chemicals in fodd production
  • Encourage sustainable travel by having no parking and being local to residents.

The gardens should be available to all members of the community, the old , young and those with disabilities. Working together with such local groups we would hope to adapt the garden for the needs of their members. For example, higher planting beds and leaning posts for those with physical disabilities, wide access paths for wheelchair access, and a sound and texture area for the visually impared.

The Garden is located in Broadmeadow Linear Park..

If you would like to get involved in the community garden project please email broadmeadowgarden@gmail.com or have a look at our blog www.broadmeadowgarden.blogspot.com to see what we are up to at the moment.

Through the Green Communities Project, An Taisce is able to offer financial assistance to community groups who have demonstrated a commitment to restoring their communities to their former glory.

The cash support has been made possible by funding from the European Regional Development Interreg 4A Ireland Wales Programme and will be used by volunteer groups to help cover the costs of insurance, tools, equipment, publicity and training. 

Additional support for communities is offered by An Taisce appointed project officers who are on hand to offer help and advice on forming groups, holding events and applying for grants. The officers are funded via the Interreg 4A Green Communities Project.

For more information on An Taisce’s small grants scheme or to get contact details of your local project officer email:



1.  Green Communities is a cross-border project between Keep Wales Tidy and An Taisce, Ireland.

2. Small grants are available to community groups following a successful application to the European Regional Development Fund Interreg 4A Ireland Wales programme.