Tipperary groups have been successful in the the community food growing fund ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’ created by GIY (Grow It Yourself) in partnership with Energia.
Four stand-out project in Tipp will receive grants.
The teams behind 86 community projects will each receive funds for their unique projects. The recipients include community groups, schools, NGOs and Not for Profits, community gardens and allotment groups, GIY groups, hospitals, crèches, direct provision centres and men's sheds from Kerry to Donegal and beyond.
Each group will be awarded funding ranging from €500 to €2,000 with one group receiving €5,000. All of the projects have an inclusive approach and they all aim to encourage more people to grow their own food within their community.
The project announced as the winner of the €5,000 fund is The Edible Landscape Project, a training and education initiative in Westport, Co. Mayo.
In Tipperary an Energia Get Ireland Growing funding award goes to Kilsheelan Tidy Town Herb Garden, 8th Tipperary Scout Troop, Cashel, Holy Trinity National School, Fethard and Knockanrawley Resource Centre Organic Garden.
Kilsheelan Tidy Town Herb Garden Tipperary
The group plans to create awareness of Herbs that can be planted in a Garden setting. Creating a new standout community feature and creating sustainable growing practice.
Clearing a 5 x 2.5m site to build natural beds, using wooden crates & other recycled materials, buying plants, plugs & seeds.
Holy Trinity National School, Fethard, Tipperary
The school aims to teach children and parents to grow vegetables at home for the kids either in pots or garden. They aim to buy seeds and compost and wood to redo raised beds.
8th Tipperary Scout Troop, Cashel, Tipperary
The scouts were involved in creating their own garden and then tending it through the year. In June the children took home potatoes; in October they made soup with the pumpkins in the scout den. The wider community benefited from the visual impact of a open urban garden. They also constructed a bench to sit and enjoy this scene - which has been well used ever since.
In 2018 they want to develop greater natural control on garden pests using natural predators (bug gardens, snail/slug prevention), further complimentary planting, better compost creation etc. We need seeds, tool, plants, construction materials for another bench and compost bin.
Knockanrawley Resource Centre Organic Garden Tipperary
The Organic Garden is a section of a wider community development project. It is an acre and has had the IOFGA symbol for 18 consecutive years. Currently they have 2 part-time workers, and 2 volunteers maintaining the community garden aspect weekly with 15 small allotments, mostly used by local people, but some are used for organic horticulture training. There is also an annual Open Day planned by the garden sub-group along with ad hoc school tours and visits from community groups. They support the community to increase their awareness on organic plant & vegetable gardening as well as the environmental issues facing the community.
Commenting at the awards ceremony, the founder of GIY Michael Kelly said, “Today is a huge highlight of our many events annually here at GIY. It is a real honour to meet the people behind some of the most incredible projects being organised mostly by volunteers in communities right across the country. We are delighted to award the recipients of the 2018 Energia Get Ireland Growing fund, we along with Energia share in the joy of helping 86 community groups to get their food growing initiatives underway or further developed in parishes, towns, villages and cities across 27 counties.”
Amy O’Shaughnessy from Energia “This year 747 groups applied for funding through Energia Get Ireland Growing, a sure sign that community spirit and volunteerism are thriving all across the country. We’re so proud of this wonderful campaign and our partnership with GIY and truly delighted to be able to support so many fantastic projects. We’re really looking forward to seeing the end results and wish all awardees the very best in their endeavours.”
In addition to the funding provided, GIY will also provide additional supports and opportunities for knowledge exchange between the projects, helping the best ideas to be shared through ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’. All of the projects remain part of the GIY network in the long term, giving them access to other GIY resources and additional groups and projects within the network, creating a long-term legacy.
This is the sixth year of the fund, which has already supported over 500-community food growing projects to date, positively impacting over 140,000 people. €410,000 has been awarded over the last six years and this was distributed to projects all across the country.
For further details on the ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing' 2018 see GIY.ie