Four voluntary groups share €20,000 for community access

David tucker

Published 13/10/2015 | 00:00

Karen McHugh, Vera Casey, Ann Mahon and Maxwell Graham (at front), of first prize winners Rosslare Community Development Group, with (from left, back) Tony Larkin, Director of Services, Wexford County Council, Mary Reynolds, Mentor, County Council chairman Tony Dempsey, Caroline Horan, Access officer Wexford County Council, and Tom Enright, CE Wexford County Council.
Karen McHugh, Vera Casey, Ann Mahon and Maxwell Graham (at front), of first prize winners Rosslare Community Development Group, with (from left, back) Tony Larkin, Director of Services, Wexford County Council, Mary Reynolds, Mentor, County Council chairman Tony Dempsey, Caroline Horan, Access officer Wexford County Council, and Tom Enright, CE Wexford County Council.
Tony Larkin, Caroline Horan, and Tom Enright (at back) with - front - Linda Masterson, from Oulart Tidy Towns, Cllr Tony Dempsey and Kathleen Hyland, Oulart Tidy Towns.
Tony Larkin, Caroline Horan, Anne Marie Toomey of Foulksmills Tidy Towns, Cllr Tony Dempsey and Tom Enright.
Members of Monageer Grotto Group, George Dunbar, Mary Nolan, Ann Marie Power and Liam Nolan (at front) with Tony Larkin, Caroline Horan, Cllr Tony Dempsey, Jim Donohoe of the Monageer group, and Tom Enright.

Efforts by voluntary groups in the county to improve accessibility to their local community gardens, parks and spaces were recognised when four of the 11 hard-working committees that submitted entries to Wexford County Council's Access for All Community Gardens, Parks and Spaces Competition were presented with cheques totalling €20,000.

The competition is part of Wexford County Council's Access for All Programme, led by the Council's Access Officer Caroline Horan.

The aim of the competition is to assist community groups from around the county in making their community garden, park or space a more inclusive and accessible space for all the community.

Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Tony Dempsey presented the winning groups with their prizes at last Monday's ceremony, and was fulsome in his praise of the competition and all of the entries received.

'This wonderful initiative reminds me of the old rural Meitheal where communities came together to work for the better good of the community,' said Cllr Dempsey.

'Initiatives such as the Access for All Community Gardens, Parks and Spaces Competition demonstrate the tremendous community spirit to be found throughout County Wexford and show how with targeted support from Wexford County Council, the public's wonderful energy and enthusiasm can be harnessed for the greater good of the entire community,' he said.

Rosslare Community Development Association received the first prize of €7,000, while runners-up Monageer Grotto Group, Foulksmills Tidy Towns and Oulart Tidy Towns, received prizes of €5,500, €4,500 and €3,000 respectively.

The competition was endorsed by award-winning landscape designer and Chelsea Garden show category winner Mary Reynolds, who was present at the awards. As part of the first prize, Ms. Reynolds will mentor the winners, Rosslare Community Development Association, on the design and development of their accessible sensory garden.

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