Young people attending, Lifford Youthreach have begun working with well known horticulturalist and community garden specialist Gareth Austin to design a community memorial garden for the Lifford Tidy Towns Committee. The project, which will begin in the coming weeks, aims to transform a piece of land close to the river with sculptural pieces, art work and a variety of planting which will promote bio-diversity in the area, and also pay honour to local lad David Colhoun who drowned in the river two years ago. Gillian Kennedy, Coordinator of Youthreach explains “we have been working with the Tidy Towns committee for some time now and this year Delores O’Kelly from the Committee asked if we would consider working on the community garden. David was an ex-learner in Youthreach and his younger sister and brother are both attending the programme, so it seemed very fitting that we get involved. On a trip to the site today with Gareth Austin, Alanna Colhoun recalls David’s love of fishing “my brother loved fishing and cars and so if there is anyway that we can tie in those two themes it would mean a lot. My whole family are very honoured that the Tidy Towns Committee have suggested this and we are excited to see what will become of it”.
Was down in Lifford the other day and swung into the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre as I went past for a wee butchers....and caught David hard at work in the potting shed. Now its been a while since I've been down, probably since last Autumn so it thought it would be great to get a look-see and see whats been happening...and boy the place has become super productive...I had to drag David away from his hanging basket orders to show me around...
the garden area has become really productive since David, Sheila and the gang took it over, the guys completed a Fetac 3 and Fetac 4 Horticulture programme with me through the Donegal VEC and have went on from strength to strength since, even writing a monthly gardening column in the community centre newsletter!
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