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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Flower power garden party

By David Tucker

At the garden party (from left) back - Cliona Connolly, Martin Haughton, Colin Blake, Vita Aleskiene, John Creane, Matty O'Gorman, Madeleine Quirke and Stephanie Guest; front - Kieran Kennedy. Bridget Keane, Mary Morrissey, Eleanor O'Dowd, Ciara Dixon and Teddy Doyle.
At the garden party (from left) back - Cliona Connolly, Martin Haughton, Colin Blake, Vita Aleskiene, John Creane, Matty O'Gorman, Madeleine Quirke and Stephanie Guest; front - Kieran Kennedy. Bridget Keane, Mary Morrissey, Eleanor O'Dowd, Ciara Dixon and Teddy Doyle.

From marigolds to antirrhinums, lavenders to pansies, beetroots to parsnips, squash to beans, lots of herbs and much more following a Green-fingered community project that has transformed a piece of waste ground into a place of beauty.

All were on display in Hill Street Community Garden last Friday when Wexford Chamber hosted a 'Garden Party' to thank and to celebrate the achievements of various community groups who have developed the garden over the past few months.

The Chamber said special thanks must go to volunteers from groups including from Windmill Theraputic Centre Wexford, the FDYS, Ard Aoibhinn Wexford and Wexford Working Men's Club who have tirelessly worked planting, weeding and watering a variety of plants that were donated by Wexford County Council, by Niall Reck of Graphedia and by some anonymous donors.

It said local resident, Senan O'Reilly is on site daily and his assistance is very much appreciated.

Madeleine Quirke, CEO of Wexford Chamber thanked everybody who participated in the project.

'We have had help from so many people and no matter how big or small the donation, collectively this is a real success story,' she said.

'Wexford County Council has been very generous in its support of the project and Carragh Landscape & Paving provided tons of top soil for the project.. we would encourage all community groups to continue to be involved and help further develop this garden.

'We plan to plant fruit trees, build a bug hotel, construct a compost bin and learn how to compost, propagate our own seeds and keep the garden full of colour all year round,' said Madeleine.

Cliona Connolly, Environmental Community Officer with Wexford County Council was on hand to give advice to all the gardeners.

She said she was delighted with progress and the 'amazing transformation' from what was effectively waste ground only a few months ago.

Madeleine had a special word of thanks for Matty O'Gorman who has been overseeing the project from the beginning.

'What he doesn't know about plants is not worth knowing!!

'He is so generous with his time and keeps an eye on everything for us,' she said.

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