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 or have a look at our blog 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.


No comments:

Post a Comment