recently I had the privilidge of being a guest of President of Ireland Michael D Higgins in Aras an Uachtarain with Youth Action Northern Ireland for special garden party...here's some pics from around the garden...
Had a great woodland wander with a group from Youth Action Northern Ireland to Learmount Forest in Park Village.
Led by Connor and Emma we enjoyed a walk through the forest, taking in the River Faughan, Learmount Castle and some amazing scenery, foraging for salads as we went...
Thanks to the hospitality of Caroline Lynch from Learmount Community Association for her hospitality
The Tree of Positive Solutions found a home this week, the folks from Youth Action NI brought it over and 'planted' it in the Artist Garden in the City Factory.
If you remember this tree was supplied by the Gardening club of St Patricks Primary for Youth Action to use during a visit by President Higgins in April.
Since then the tree has been varnished, added to by more Youth Action members and today found a home for Community Relations Week in the Void Derry Artist Garden site...
The call came in from Connor in Youth Action NI 'Gareth we need a tree'....eh, okay...what for? 'President Higgins is coming to meet us on Saturday and we want to make a Tree of Positive Solutions'....eh.... no problem!
Thankfully I had the great kids from St Patricks Primary to help me on this one.
I explained the project to the kids and then we went for a dander looking for a tree suitable for a President!
I explained that it was to be about 2m high...and have a load of branches to hand paper leaves on. So we discounted Silver Birch as being too weak so we settled on this Rowan tree. (we had previously did a tree audit around the school grounds with the kids so they're more than familiar with the trees on offer!)
and this is it in situ in St Columbs House, the leaves are words that young people from Youth Action have added to the tree, words which cover a positive action they've taken in their own lives. President Higgins then added to the tree after his meeting.
I hope to have a permanent home for this tree in a high profile location in the City of Culture....
(lots of fancy pictures were taken from the day...so I'll add to this as I get some more from the photgraphers on the day)
thanks to Connor from Youth Action Ni who came along to the Community Garden Network of Ireland meeting which was held recently in The Playtrail. These meetings happen every 3 months and allow folks involved in community gardens the length and bredth of Ireland to come together and share ideas and develop a shared plan on how to develop the community garden network in Ireland.
The group choose Derry as last year Fountain & Leafair Gardens obtained a Runner-up award in the Pride of Place awards and the group were keen to visit these projects, as the judges as described them as 'innovative use of brown field sities'.
Connor from Youth Action NI was keen to come along and discuss how to engage young people in community gardening, and community work in general, and how the garden groups can help mee the needs of young people, and of course how young peoples involvement can help strengthen and develop a strong community buy-in to any project.
(apologies for the poor quality of the picture but it was an immense sunny day!!)
After the meeting the group went on a tour of the 2 garden projects. As they all blog and post pics I'll add links here....
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond