The Clonmel allotment is a place where life blossoms, and now is also a place where life is remembered, as growers recently unveiled a very special plot in memory of friends and fellow growers departed.
The Clonmel Allotment and Community Garden Association had a special mass and launch of the plot of ground that has been planted with flowers and also has a garden bench, for people to take some time-out from their work.
And appropriately enough, that is exactly what it is called - ‘Time Out’.
“It is in memory of those deceased, relocated, just no longer around for whatever reason,” said Bernard Lennon, secretary of the group.
“There is a seat there for people to sit and say a prayer if they wish.” Since its establishment approximately five years ago, there have been a number of bereavements of fellow growers and friends, and members thought it would be a fitting way to remember them.
“It was set with flowers and plants and was a labour of love for the group,” said Mr Lennon, who thanked everyone for their help, particularly Michael and Geraldine.
There are currently 46 allotment holders and 66 allotments in total at the site, located near Highfield Grove and kindly provided by Clonmel Borough Council.
“It is a non-structured meeting place for people who share a common interest,” said Mr Lennon.