Some great pics and community involvement in the old 2013 Pride in our City portfolio from Derry City Council.
Just poppped into the Foyle U3A in Gransha and caught a group of the ladies out tending to their veggie box. These Veggie boxes are part of a project with Derry city council for Pride in Place. This will see 6 of these boxes planted and then placed around the city centre for the general public then to harvest and utilise the produce - which includes rosemary, sage, coriander, chard, beans, raddish, borage, chives and more...
Great morning spent litter picking along the Coshquin Road in the Derry sunshine. Groarty Primary were assisiting Ballymagroarty and Hazelbank Community Area Partnership and Springtown Activity and Horticultural Group with this clean up, all part of a wider Pride in our Place iniative spearheaded by Billy Page from BHCAP
In just over an hour we collected 18 bags of litter.....
Thanks to Billy Page for organising it, and to Derry City Council for organising collection of the bags, and to Todds of Campsie for sponsoring the bibs and to Patrick Duddym Housing Executive for the Litter Pickers....real joined up thinking here!!
Following on from the succesful second place obtained in the Pride of Place awards, Derry City Council are offering support to the many community garden projects that operate in the city by offering the use of a stall at the monthly Walled City Market.
Social Enterprice community groups are invited to use this stall to sell fresh produce, planted containers, herbs, garden plants....any fresh produce they are producing in their community group/ community centre or school garden.
The stall will be co-ordinated by BBC Radio Foyles Gareth Austin, and groups who wish to join the market should contact Gareth on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07506242774 so that Gareth can co-ordinate space.
Use of the stall is Free to the community garden, and each garden will staff and sell their produce on the day, offering helpful advice on maintenance, growing on etc etc
Each month the stall will offer seasonal plants, produce and the like all grown in the award winning community garden network that exists in the City of Culture.
I personally am delighted with this proposal, many gardens produce surpluss of the best of organic produce and many gardens have facilities to grow and produce plants, by selling produce and plants they will be bale to raise much needed funds to develop their community gardens...
In advance of each market, I will try to post up details of what the gardens are offering for sale that month.....
Good or Bad idea?
Thomond Park, Limerick was the venue...the famous home of Munster rugby....and it turned out to be a mighty successful trip for the Foyle Community Garden Initiative....all be it 5.5hours drive down....
(Foyle Community Garen Iniative was a blanket name given to the countless schools, communitygardens, community groups, community cente who are involved with Gareth Austin)
and we were honoured to win a Runners Up in the Community Garden category......a complete surprise, I read the programme with the other nominees in them- community gardens which had tens of thousands spent on them, many had 10-15 employees....so i had resigned my self that it wasn't for us. But to my amazement Foyle Community Garden Initiative was called. We won the award as a result of the network of small community gardens that exist in the Foyle area, projects such as Leafair Community Garden, Fountain Community Garden - that were presented to the judges. The judges commented on the joined-up thinking that existed in derry between the statuary bodies, the high level of participations, the ability for participants to get qualifications, the way the projects have changed peoples lives...amazing stuff really.
with the castlefinn award
we didn't win, sadly, but the winner in the Country ctegory was the Castlefin Community Centre (home to the north west garden show), so when you're runner -up to a project that got 20,000 visitors in 2012 you can't argue. and the set-up in 3rd place was mighty impressive too, 250k spent on it etc etc so for us to come second was an unbelievable achievement.
Thanks to Derry City Council for the nomination and thanks to the folks of the Leafair Community Garden (Leafair Community Association) and Fountain Community Garden (Cathedral Youth Club) for impressing the judges on their visit back in the summer...
A busy past fortnight with the clippers being in town, lots happening, lots going on and lost to be proud about. A project which I was involved with were these planter boxes which decorated along the Quayside for the Clippers. There were 12 in total, each planted up by a different school in the town. This one was planted by the kids in Foyleview School, and schools such as Fountain PS, Oakgrove, Gael Scoill Eadain Mhior, St Patricks etc all planted one each. The planters were delivered to the school about a month ago and a class from each planted up the boxes. The plants chosen were a special Biodiversity mix, rather than just doing bedding plants we wanted them to last for a few years and provide some benefit to the insect population of the area. The plantes were all grown locally in New Horizons , the kids had a great time caring for them for the last 2 weeks of school term and then the council collected the planters, and the kids all got to come down for a photo-shoot when the planters were set up. This small project is part of the Derry City Council Pride in our Place programme, this has also seen the Community Gardens in The Fountain and Leafair Park nominated ias best community gardens in Ireland. Next time your walking along the fabulous new Quay...keep an eye out for these planters and see how a simple project can involve well over 200 kids from every corner of the town.
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond