Four voluntary groups share €20,000 for community access
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.