Helpers needs for Pomeroy community garden project

HELPERS are needed for the new community garden project at the Rowan Tree Centre in Pomeroy.

The project kicks off with the Edible Islands project where areas around the centre will be turned in to a food producing oasis.

Every patch of available ground will eventually be used to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs, medicinal and other useful plants. The idea is that the community will help to create and look after the area, enjoy it throughout the year and they will harvest the fruits and vegetables every year. Volunteers kicked off the project on Saturday, April 13 when they helped prepare herb planters and they planted fruit trees, bushes and vegetables. They also erected a bird house near the entrance to the centre.

This Action Day was just the beginning of this new project which will provide an opportunity for the community to get involved in gardening and growing food. The next activity event will take place on Wednesday, May 22 from 7pm to 8.30pm. A Biodiversity Education Officer will be there to share his expertise and provide the planting materials. There will be jobs available to suit all ages and abilities including digging, clearing, building and/or planting. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Please note under 18s must be accompanied by an adult, unless part of an organised group.

If you would like to know more about the new community garden, please contact Una at the Rowan Tree Centre on 028 8775 7834 or email or Peter at An Creagan 028 8076 1112

If you have an hour to spare on Wednesday, May 22 and would like to get involved, please come along to The Rowan Tree Centre at 7pm for refreshments and an introduction to the project, before the work begins. A series of workshops and instructional sessions will follow throughout the year to help get the most out of the newly developed gardens – further details on these will follow. The project is supported by An Creagán and The Big Lottery Fund.