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category dublin | environment | feature author Wednesday May 04, 2005 21:28author by Paul Baynes Report this post to the editors

Dolphin's Barn Community Garden

It was a cold, wet April evening when a small group of us gathered by the canal in order to open the Dolphin's Barn Community Garden. It had been a dull day, and by the time we made our way into the garden, the full moon was hanging overhead. On the bank of the canal opposite the public library, close to the bridge at Dolphin's Barn, behind the walls of a factory, stood a disused area of grass. This area contained three billboards, 6,000 square metres of grass, and very little else.

At the recent Grassroots Gathering workshop it was decided to take over the space to plant trees and vegetables rather than to see it wasted. And so, on April 12th, in co-operation with a week-long 'tree walk', through Dublin city, we made our way down the canal in the rain, armed with hazel trees to plant in our new garden.  

Why are we doing this? Well, there are several of us involved, each for our own reasons, but I suppose the idea is centred around the two ideas of environment and community. The project is an attempt to address the lack of green spaces in our city.   We are using the garden to grow food. We intend to engage with the local community. The garden is also a social space, giving us a chance to engage with other like-minded people. Some of us have a vision of an unbroken greenway through Dublin City, encompassing the two canals, the Botanic Gardens, and the Phoenix Park. The idea of the garden is not an original idea: there are community gardens in Cork, and in Belfast , and around the world. This garden fits into a bigger picture of community activists trying to improve the urban experience.  

By the end of that first evening my socks were wet through and my trousers were filthy, but we had planted three hazel trees and two willow trees, and the community garden was underway. Now, three weeks later, we have planted another three hazels and some apple trees, and we have cleared a large space of earth, planting four rows of herbs, seeds, vegetables and flowers, including potatoes, garlic, onions, celery, parsley, rosemary, and fuchsia. We also made initial contact with the local community, survived a visit from the Garda , made several useful external contacts (including in the city council), and each of us has made new friends.

There are a number of us involved in the project, but the group has no formal structure. I certainly do not speak for the group; this is just a personal account of what I think is going on with the garden. One of the strengths of the project is that it is not reliant on any one person or small group of people.   Each time at the garden there has been a different collection of people, usually including at least one new person, and there is always a different dynamic. We have a loose arrangement to meet at the garden every Thursday evening at 6.30pm, but, of course, anybody can go ahead and garden independently whenever they have a free evening. If you are interested in joining our mailing list just email the following address: dolphinsbarngarden-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

Community

One of the central ideas behind the garden is the idea of community. In the modern world, the local community has been weakened. Because of longer working hours and commuting times, because of the time we spend watching television, and because people are more likely to rent and move from place to place, people are more likely to become isolated. People do not have the time to engage with their own communities. Similarly, in the activist community, it is easy to find yourself feeling isolated. It is easy to feel that there is a lack of like-minded people out there. This garden is an opportunity for Dublin people to come together in an effort to improve their city. It is a chance for people to show that they can work together, and can organise themselves and achieve something as a community.  

Our garden will only be successful if we can get people to become involved and take ownership of the project. One way to do this is to make use of the public library to inform the local community. We have already made some initial contact with the locals. We drafted a letter outlining the basics of what we were doing, and went around to some of the local houses to meet the neighbours of the community garden. We received a mixed response. Some people were supportive, and others had concerns. But the important thing is that we have opened a dialogue with the local residents. A little further down the canal, a garden has already been established by local people three years ago, and is still going strong. This garden is an allotment-style garden, and is fully planted. This shows that there is a will among some of the people in the area for this kind of initiative. It also shows that a project like ours can succeed.  

One example during the tree walk showed how initiatives such as this can engage people's enthusiasm. On April 14th, three trees were planted in a homeless centre named Maple House, in honour of a man named Billy Merrigan, who was tragically killed after being struck by a bus. John, Dermo, and Harry, three of Billy's friends, planted two birch trees and an ash tree as a shrine to Billy's memory. The lads recorded a short audio clip of a few words about the late Billy (1922-2005).  

The Grassroots Gathering workshop for the community garden was facilitated by Dunk, and last week, Dunk was involved in work on another project: a new garden for Dolphin House flats . This garden was started by Willie Morrogh, from the city council. A small plot of ground has been created, using sods of grass and train sleepers. It is situated on a bare patch of land beside a playground, and will contain plants and vegetables. Willie is also very supportive of the community garden. As well as Willie Morrogh, we made many valuable contacts during the Convergence festival at the Cultivate Centre for Sustainable Living . There is no shortage of interest and support. There has even been talk of starting similar projects around the city, in East Wall and on the Royal Canal. But there is always room for more assistance, so all are welcome to get involved.  

Food

One of the peculiarities of the modern world is the change in our relationship with our food. Now that we 'eat out' so much, and now that it is so often a 'ready meal' when we do cook for ourselves, it seems that we may be losing our ability to prepare meals from a set of raw materials. And even when we do cook - with vegetables, for example - we have lost much of our connection with them. We do not know their background: how far they have travelled to get to our kitchen, how they are grown, whether they are genetically engineered or modified and whether they are treated with chemical pesticides. We also know very little about who grows them: how well they are paid, and how fairly they are treated. In the community garden we plan to grow our own food and re-establish a link with our food. We will tend our own food and know exactly where it comes from.    

Conclusion

Other kinds of activism on their own can be frustrating. But the community garden is a form of direct action where you are in full control. There is none of the frustration of a large protest which is ignored by the powers that be, and none of the desperation of trying to change the system. Of course, these actions are also important, but, in addition to taking part in these events, proactive projects like the community garden give a sense of control and purpose which is not a reaction to any external events. We are making use of a space that would otherwise be wasted, and our success is dependent only on ourselves. But the garden is not just for its own sake - the goal is also to link people up and bring together a community with a set of shared goals. The physical nature of the garden means it is a grounding force for abstract ideas. It is a space for like-minded people to come together on a regular basis. And if you like the sound of that, you know where we are.    

Related Links:
Spud night
Gathering on April 22nd incl. Garda Visit
Indymedia Night @ Seoidin's incl. Garden Discussion
Gathering April 28th

author by dunkpublication date Thu May 05, 2005 01:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

convergence festival feedback further details about greenway, CPULs, mayors conference

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=69638&results_offset=180&condense_comments=false#attachment10781
author by dunkpublication date Fri May 06, 2005 13:31author email fuspey at yahoo dot co dot ukauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Initially formed to oppose Bio 2004 (the world's largest biotechnology and pharmaceutical conference held at San Francisco CA in 2004), RECLAIM THE COMMONS has quickly grown from a single mobilization into an ongoing commitment to teach and demonstrate sustainable, life-affirming alternatives to biotechnology and corporate power in general: organic food, community gardens, water reclamation, urban transformation, a gift economy, and so much more....

heres radio articles about amongst other things, a community garden in san fran, bands playing there, garden as art space, a welcom centre, planting trees, growing food, how people use it, how groups organises

Christopher Pease on Reclaiming the Commons - sf.june8 (June 2004)
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/9409/index.php

Luke Anderson on Reclaiming the Commons - sf.june8 (June 2004)
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/9408/index.php

Starhawk on Reclaiming the Commons - sf.june8 (May 2004)
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/9280/index.php

Meddle on Reclaiming the Commons - sf.june8 (March 2004)
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/7842

found on
http://www.freakradio.org/indynewswire2.html
"Free Radio Santa Cruz has been on the air for almost ten years without a license. We broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, in defiance of federal regulations"

reclaim the commons
reclaim the commons

freakradio- santa cruz radio
freakradio- santa cruz radio

author by dunkpublication date Fri May 06, 2005 17:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Designing Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Cities

new idea floating around

CPULs (Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes)
CPULs (Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes)

Related Link: http://books.elsevier.com/uk//architecturalpress/uk/subindex.asp?maintarget=&isbn=0750655437&country=United+Kingdom&srcc
author by dunkpublication date Sun May 08, 2005 13:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

full page article in todays sunday times paper, page 11
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/section/0,,2765,00.html


ARMED with saplings and spades, they strike under cover of dark. Anarchists are ditching street protests for flower power, turning disused city plots into blooming gardens.
Some of the group behind the Reclaim the Streets demonstrations have adopted "guerilla gardening" as the latest tactic in their campaign to take back public spaces for the community.

so begins full page article in todays sunday times..

article gist=
under cover of darkness anarchists take over spaces to make gardens

reality=
went to garden in evening after work to suit people, have talked with and given information to neighbours around. on day of grassroots workshop we met with and talked with people in neighbouring garden who have been gardenin on canal banks for over 3 years now.
article did not mention the tree walk, giving out 100+ native irish trees to communities around canal banks; sheriff st, east wall, maple house, synge street, finglas......

while some call themselves anarchists, many of the people gardening dont see themselves as anarchists.

Perhaps this is more of what we got just over a year ago, with the mainstream papers puting fear into the hearts of the irish public using the scary A word to describe generally those working for global justice and a more sustainable world.

its a good article and highlights positively what we are doing it also outlines the delicate issue of ownership that we are currently exploring ourselves

'these are positive activities where peole are attempting to improve the urban environment"
said claire

it finishes mentioning tour vision for a greenway for the city and previous action in the 70's done by new york's guerilla gardeners

last years report on biased media spin in lead up to mayday:
Irish media not interested in self-reflection?
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=64470

other links later

from the net to the gardens, to the streets
from the net to the gardens, to the streets

irish anarchists sow seeds of flower power
irish anarchists sow seeds of flower power

author by Kristina McElroy - Dub.Reg. Coordinator GP/CGpublication date Sun May 08, 2005 22:46author email mcelroy1 at gofree dot indigo dot ieauthor address author phone 087-7847602Report this post to the editors

For the last few days I have been wondering about the green flags on Cork street and the poetical art at Dolphin's Barn Bridge-
So I was delighted to find out today that it wasn't just an ecologal art instalation but a positive protest about the way land is left fallow which could provide gardens to give the citizens of Dublin green lungs to combat the daily air polution which we have to live with.
Well done!
Krisitina McElroy
Dublin regional Co-ordinator
Green Party

author by dunkpublication date Sun May 08, 2005 22:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

hi eileen, (reporter who contacted us for us of images)

can you please foreward to article journalist Scott Millar

feel article was a bit :: next action from bad dangerous anarchists:: in line with last years media hype pre mayday

im part of DGN, dub grassroots network, i facilitated the "community gardening" workshop at last grassroots gathering. gathering does not make decisions, its merely place for meeting and discussing ideas and doing some things, i invited many people along many of which are not anarchists but were interested in gardening.

from workshop a group formed and grew and work began on garden with different people attending each week, this years RTS was arranged by DISSENT, as a group they have had no involvement with garden so far.

the first image in piece is not of dolphins barn garden but is of the belfast squat garden

otherwise the article was enjoyable to read, positive action, perhaps a few more people will get involved or take initiave, personally i have been in consultation with different residents and community groups around the city and we are trying to organise visits and a joint forum soon enough, any further media coverage and assistance would be welcome

might see yourself in the garden sometime,

all the best

Duncan Crowley

exhibition in marrowbone lane (off cork street)
National College Art and Design Public Art Placement Programme in the Community 2005
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=69559&search_text=cork%20st

DISSENT- group organising to protest against G8 this summer in Scotland
http://www.dissenteire.tk/

author by dunkpublication date Mon May 09, 2005 02:47author address author phone Report this post to the editors

EU Mayday Media: "Arms Stash" + "Weapons Stockpile" + "Anarchist Bloodbath Plot" (4 April 2004 )

Related Link: https://www1.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/04/288503.html
author by dunkpublication date Mon May 09, 2005 14:01author email fuspey at yahoo dot co dot ukauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

A community garden has been opened in Dolphins Barn in Dublin's south inner city. The idea of community gardens comes from New Yorkcity, where empty, often derelict, inner city spaces are taken over by local people and turned into a communal area for gathering, growing vegetables and providing play areas for children. The Dolphins Barn space was taken over after a Grassroots Gathering in April 2005. Other spaces have been developed in Cork and Belfast. Trees, vegetables and herbs have been planted, and beds cleared for fruit and vegetables.
Those interested in participating in the garden's growth meet on Thursdays at 6.30pm

more info on www.indymedia.ie

Related Link: http://www.villagemagazine.ie/index.html
author by dunkpublication date Mon May 09, 2005 16:24author email fuspey at yahoo dot co dot ukauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Since 1973 greenguerillas™ has helped thousands of people realize their dreams of turning vacant rubble-strewn lots into vibrant community gardens. Each year we work with hundreds of grassroots groups throughout New York City to strengthen underserved neighborhoods through community gardening. With our help, people grow food, plant flowers, educate youth, paint colorful murals and preserve their gardens as vital community centers for future generations.

they also have a healthy mural project which is great for empowering the young

similar to the muralismo project from nicaragua which has come to ireland through mayfield, corkn and will hopefully make its way to the walls of the factory that back onto garden
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=66365&search_text=muralismo

more of dublin cities unused land
more of dublin cities unused land

how it could be
how it could be

Related Link: http://www.greenguerillas.org/
author by dunkpublication date Mon Jun 13, 2005 17:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

from some of the emails of group:

a few of us were upto garden on sat evening, @ 9 or 10 and we met a lovely woman from gardens before our patch, her garden is the lovely one with the bench, anyway we talked and she gave us rhubarb, she loves the idea of garden, we went into garden over wall, respecting our maggies wishes, and 5 of us shared a bottle of wine and chatted, richard who lives with etoain in kilkenny is a good gardener and we are hoping to go down to their spot in august for a garden weekend,
we left and met the wife of donal, the doctor and dude acting as head of residents group, we chatted to her and gave her some rhubarb, seodin did radio pieces on "gardening in dublin 8" not sure where she is with them, we can have those online once i talk to her, theres a good few of us with skills and already much material for library exhibition, im willing to do the website this week, some evening, others interested? if i hear nothing ill fire ahead anyway, probably do one on dublin.ie,

havent heard from feasta or sustainable ireland in terms of sat 25th as open play work food day linking in with their forums as well as lib and other local stuff, maybe holly can get inland waterways people down and we can discuss other canal issues, i might be able to get a little boat for the event, and if anyone can get a rowing boat that would absolutely rock; little trips from the library to the garden.............lovley
do we have any strawberries planted?

ill call people later
derek is now living permanently in kerry, not sure if hell be up in near future, but maybe hell be up for this event

so is sat ok with others?

thanks again to input from all

id like to give one tree to that lady who gave us the rhubarb, and at least one to dolphin house garden and at least one on sunday to sheriff st park before cycle

see ye later dunk

_________________________________________________



ruth wrote

small presentation in the library. This is "common territory", and just across the canal from the garden. I rang the library today and will go down next Wednesday to talk to the head librarian about what we can do. The librarian I talked to was very into the idea of a community garden and we should definitely be able to have a display there at least.

seamus:
you might be interested in this
http://www.communityartsireland.com/

pears:
Hi all
from the west
can we coordinate our efforts concerning the garden , with all the tech and all we should be able to. theres nothing like person to person though.
Lara,Paul,ruth and myself chatted about the garden last week and it was good to catch up with it all in some sense.
we felt a gathering of all concerned was agood idea,to work together doing what needs to be done and to imagine and create a little for the near future( garden plan, crop rotations,soil health,tree care, compost bins, paths,skipping for materials, use of space for? gatherings,exhibits, meditations, workshops, solitude......just what kind of garden, food,medicinal,materials for crafts, nursery,carbon sink,woodland,orchard,herbs,demo,experimental,art ,zen,soft fruit,wildlife,meadow,teaparty,nude,butterfly,all and everything,its all possible and is happening.
we thought an exhibit in the local library was a good idea with pics, books, plants and invite the local residents,a chance to meet us ,have a tea.
linking up with the work going on in dolphin house is a good one.
we need to be more practical though if we are to keep up in the garden, which brings me back to the gettogether.
saturday25th is fine for me now, if it stcks, best to accommidate as many of us as possible!
hows that for everyone else? let me know please, dont want to sit in the garden waiting for folk to turn up and not!
so ,ill bring the herb teas,some info on tree culutre in cities,food and garden parks,some tools.
can a veichle be got for the eveing before our gathering? for harvesting materials around town.am trying on that one too.
we need planks, poles/beams,
rope,string,
colourful material/ribbons,
nice colour paint,brushes
cardboard
carpet with hessian backing,
shears/stimmer
any nice tree stumps /branches
clean jam jars
candles
blankets
vegan food to share
something to drink from
can you think of any thing?
we have engaged a space that is living and there are no gates to close at 8,
we have a chance decide how we would like it to grow and to grow as a community with it,
lets have compost bins in the streets ,
ripe fruit to pick in the parks,
our material needs meet by that which grows around us ,on our pathways,tracks,
clean drinking water
and the time to enjoy it.
hope to see you soon
ill be up the eve before our gettogether my numbers out there ,ring me if needed,will be scouting the town for materials .
sonairte
pears
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Dublin City Greenway Cycle (set up of ECG)
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=69929

WHAT WILL WE EAT AS THE OIL RUNS OUT? FEASTA international conference
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=70245

next convergence festival, same weekend as feasta gig 'Learning for Sustainability'
http://www.sustainable.ie/convergence/index.htm

pix later

WHAT WILL WE EAT AS THE OIL RUNS OUT?
WHAT WILL WE EAT AS THE OIL RUNS OUT?

author by dunkpublication date Mon Jun 13, 2005 18:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

new garden for dolphin house, dolphins barn
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=69560

liffey valley park
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=70186&search_text=liffey%20valley

link with monks garden, venice:
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=70090&search_text=monks%20garden

part of dispatch 1 from sarah pierce, artist:
"movement to ‘green’ the city by planting community gardens in derelict industrial plots. Eventually, these will connect to create a green spine through the city. In recent correspondence he writes, “The Grand Canal is under threat due to recent construction of the Kildare motorway bypass, which has affected the Pollardstown fens water levels, which is the source of the Grand Canal.” "

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inland waterways and the garden, c/o holly

howaya duncan --

but , anyway , it all seems to be going better , Mick has suggested to me that the best way to go about cleanin' it up would be to become a member of inland waterways (€30per annum) so that i'm insured and likewise for anyone who wants to help me ===

what Mick proposed is that I get a group of people together and meet with him and his Inland gang to sort out the workings and dates and stuff (they're going to make up a special raft with an engine for it) in the next couple of weeks -

he thinks that the group should have a name and on the day of the clean up , the group should have illuminous waistcoats with the name printed on the back and maybe banners on the raft - and maybe he'll bring down a barge to the site to let passers by hop on for the laugh to make a thing of it

also , long term , the back of the factory where your working could become a possible mooring site for boat owners , this was in relation to changing the use (or abuse) of the landscape at the canal there ,...

AnYwAy!!! there was a lot discussed and i hope i've explained it easily enough -

but .. when he was talking about creating some kind of group to create public awareness I immediately thought of the EcoCityGroup and wondered would you like to hook up and make it a ECG gig -? I thought it could probably work well for you considering you were talking about the horses and creating awareness --

also in longer term , he's talking about bringing the ballyfermot festivities day that happened on 6th of May down further to the Dolphins Barn area for next year and getting locals involved and hopefully it would become as successful as it has become in Ballyfermot (they've set up sailing clubs and stuff for youth down there)

anyway , I'll leave it there , plenty of food for thought , although you've plenty as it is!

hope all's well and I'm sure I'll see you soon - maybe at the exhibition tomorrow at NCAD

Take care

Holly

monks garden
monks garden

author by dunkpublication date Tue Jun 14, 2005 15:58author email fuspey at yahoo dot co dot ukauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

so far we have, i think..

6 hazel trees, 2 willow trees, 6(ish) apple trees
spuds, scallions, garlic, thyme, rosemary, cabbage, beans, forget me not flowers...more

a field cut ready for buckwheat sowing

rows of food growing
rows of food growing

how the spuds have really shot up
how the spuds have really shot up

garlic and scallions too
garlic and scallions too

this row fully planted, beans shooting up
this row fully planted, beans shooting up

only a few more weeks now till harvest time
only a few more weeks now till harvest time

author by dunkpublication date Tue Jun 14, 2005 16:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

.

a pallette of graphted apple trees from seed savers in clare
a pallette of graphted apple trees from seed savers in clare

soon to be buckwheat field
soon to be buckwheat field

how the hazel tree is coming along
how the hazel tree is coming along

author by Paul Baynespublication date Wed Jun 15, 2005 19:49author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Garden scene
Garden scene

Seeds for the garden
Seeds for the garden

Fully planted rows after a hard day's work
Fully planted rows after a hard day's work

author by dunkpublication date Fri Sep 09, 2005 23:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

garden meeting last tuesday
open garden day sun 25th sep
more later
link to glasgow cre8 garden
http://www.cre8.unknown-network.com/
AUDIO: Cre8 Summit Community Garden Action (G82005)
Cre8 Summit Community Garden Pictures
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/06/314354.html
Cre8 summit begins!
http://www.pagancluster.org/2005scotland/begins.html
Cre 8 !!
http://www.dissent.org.uk/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=211

it was a lovley evening there after splish splash splosh

author by dunkpublication date Mon Sep 19, 2005 14:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

open community garden day in dolphins barn garden this sunday,
see the garden, meet the crew working the land, learn how to grow your own food, help make dublin a greener city

author by Niallpublication date Fri Nov 18, 2005 16:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Well done folks, a lotta hard work.

author by DUNKpublication date Fri Feb 17, 2006 18:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

1- tree walk 2006
2- upcoming meeting

1- tree walk 2006
tree planting weekend 25-26 feb - beecha and larch
last years tree walk - 11-15th april
visiting communities and freely donating trees

2- upcoming meeting
wed 22nd feb (next wed) 7.30 meeting in EENGO offices, (opposite the palace nightclub on wexford st, just past whelens- office over bounty stores) come along add your ideas, get invovled

looking foreward to seeing you and getting hands dirty over the upcoming months, after the cold and death of winter

slán
dunk

author by dunkpublication date Sun Feb 26, 2006 20:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

mixin' the muck- dolphins barn community garden 7.5 mins
http://radio.indymedia.org/uploads/garden.wav
mixing muck from different community gardens into the dolphins barn muck, @ sunday sep 23
belfast muck into dublin muck
glasgow muck into dublin muck

ruth tells us the history of the garden 8mins
http://radio.indymedia.org/uploads/garden-tooth.wav
a little bit of wind noise at begining

comhra faoi an gairdin, as gaeilge- interview in irish c/o baynesy 1min
http://radio.indymedia.org/uploads/garden-as_gaeilge.wav

comhra le caoimhean - chat with kevin
http://radio.indymedia.org/uploads/garden-caoimhean_as_...e.wav

author by dunkpublication date Mon Apr 10, 2006 16:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

a few days short of a year on and it looks like it could be the end..............

the bulldozers have moved in.........

is this the end for the garden?
is this the end for the garden?

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/74816&comment_limit=0&condense_comments=false#comment145407
author by dunkpublication date Tue Apr 11, 2006 13:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

april 10th was the date for deadline of discussions with the factory so we will let you know wher things stand asap`,

there was some points raised on another thread by "Concerned resident Dolphins Barn " in which they said "One of the factory owners at the moment is very disturbed by these trespassers",
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=69341&con...42802

but if we have to move there are other possible locations:

in conjunction with the long term plan that prompted the picking of the dolphins barn patch, personally id be in favour of keeping it on the spine (an idea for an eco corridor / greenway / CPUL for Dulbin city http://www.dublin.ie/botanicspine/ )and trying to encourage more people to get involved with the result of creating more gardens

sites on the spine:
1- the empty green lot, 200m down the canal after margeret the gardeners, at donore bridge
2- IMMA, the gardens, this was discussed and some artists said they would help make an official proposal to imma, that was to be an independant garden if there were numbers
3- war memorial gardens and accompanying lands, very nice on banks of liffey, a new liffey valley plan is being drawn up at present
4- phoenix park, huge, definite space there to be used
5- phibs garden- support what is there and build on it, lots of land up there, thats where the trees are at present
6- sheriff st, havent been there in a while, but that was the catalyst for all this to begin with, we started the tree walk there and planted a good few trees there, there is room in the empty green patch, seeing as the razor fence came down last year, the ground is not the best as reclaimed land

sites outside the spine:
Landsdowne Valley (some spare land by the Dodder)
Drimnagh Castle.
Also, some of the allotments by Sally's bridge are unallocated.

author by dunkpublication date Tue Apr 11, 2006 13:19author email fuspey at yahoo dot co dot ukauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

there was a "greening the city" exhibition at the recent first dublin anarchist bookfair in nik of myra centre on francis st. (friday and Saturday March 03-04 http://www.indymedia.ie/article/74661#comment141406 )
there is an audio and video reports from that day about the garden and the "greening the city" project in general, not sure if its working yet
radio file:
http://radio.indymedia.org/uploads/anarchistbookfair.wav
from
http://radio.indymedia.org/news/2006/03/8996.php
and from
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/74661#comment142336

greening the city
greening the city

greening the city stall at recent anarchist bookfair
greening the city stall at recent anarchist bookfair

author by miriam - Eglantine Community Gardenpublication date Tue Apr 11, 2006 17:57author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hey dunk, really sorry to hear about dolphin's barn, I've been trying to
imagine how I would feel if we lost our garden, and although I'd be gutted,
I completely agree that the value of the garden in Belfast has been it's
community atmosphere and learning opportunities. I've gone on a permaculture
course since working on the garden, and now I'm hopefully going to volunteer
on an organic box scheme.
Spaces come and go, and permanent spaces are good, for sure, but when spaces
are changing, like in temporary squats, there are opportunities for people
to fill different roles, and have a go at different ways of doing things. I
think I prefer long term stuff, but I think it's true that both have
benefits. Sometimes I wish there were lots of little garden projects going
on in Belfast, like there is in Bristol, so that there could be much more
resourse sharing and a bigger, more diverse network of people to hang out
/garden with. Bristol Permaculture group has 150 members, and tonnes of
garden projects.
I might look into allotments, just to have something more secure, although
that isn't a priority at the moment. We'll see.
Anyway, I didn't get to see to Dolphin's Barn garden, but I'm sure yiz had
lots of lovely days and nights there. Hope yiz have a good party on Friday.
Good Luck with future stuff

LOVE! Miriam

author by dunkpublication date Tue Apr 11, 2006 18:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

work was done in preperation of the open day on paddys day (photos of which can be seen at http://www.indymedia.ie/article/74816&comment_limit=0&c...45583 ) you can see the mulch down where later spuds were planted, you can also see the green manure being put into the soil to improve the nitrogen levels in the soil. it was a cold but lovely day with people of different ages, different backrounds, different nationalities all pitching in

ready for action
ready for action

arriving into the garden
arriving into the garden

plenty of hands
plenty of hands

over there a bit - photos being taken
over there a bit - photos being taken

young and old, work together
young and old, work together

author by dunkpublication date Tue Apr 11, 2006 18:56author address author phone Report this post to the editors

.

green and brown garden
green and brown garden

fruit trees in the orchard
fruit trees in the orchard

horse shite that we get given to us by an aul lad up by st. patricks cathedral
horse shite that we get given to us by an aul lad up by st. patricks cathedral

the green manure
the green manure

mulch for future spuds
mulch for future spuds

author by dunkpublication date Tue Apr 11, 2006 19:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

.

shelter from the rain
shelter from the rain

the hazel tree is coming along nicely
the hazel tree is coming along nicely

tools
tools

DIY bench
DIY bench

benchify the city
benchify the city

author by dunkpublication date Wed Apr 12, 2006 15:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

we are having a party on friday
all welcome
details here:
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/75408

garden party this friday
garden party this friday

author by dunkpublication date Sat May 13, 2006 10:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

imc features:
Dolphin's Barn community garden under threat -includes fully viewable versions of times article
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/75438

The Cursed Earth Garden (Phibsboro)
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/75922
Excerpt:
We have lost the ability to provide for our needs from our local areas, and this coupled with an avaricious consumerism means we import more and more goods, both necessary and unnecessary, increasing the destruction worldwide.

an empty dolphins barn community garden
an empty dolphins barn community garden

the 1 year birthday and the wake?
the 1 year birthday and the wake?

dolphins barn garden was ere
dolphins barn garden was ere

author by Dunkpublication date Wed Feb 16, 2011 23:19author address author phone Report this post to the editors

THE SELF-SUFFICIENT CITY: Envisioning the habitat of the future was a recent architectural competition run in Barcelona by IAAC (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia). 3 page A3 PDF submission of the actions, experiences and stories of hope from normal people in Dublin who tried to make a greener city for themselves…

Found at: “THE SELF SUFFICIENT CITY – Envisioning the habitat of the future” Stories of hope from Dublin
http://itsafunnyoldworld.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/habit...blin/

The Dublin proposal did not make the cut in the competition, but a 2nd proposal for Barcelona did and has been printed recently. Information about that proposal can be viewed at: A Transition Vision For Barcelona City
http://barcelonaentransicio.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/tr...lona/

Envisioning the habitat of the future: Stories of hope from Dublin
Envisioning the habitat of the future: Stories of hope from Dublin


Caption: Car Park Cultivation - South Circular Road Community Garden

author by Pro-Hash Plants - Leaning to FGpublication date Thu Feb 17, 2011 19:47author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Big deal the locals have put together a community garden for the local brats to wreck. Are "community gardens" going to get us out of the recession. These kind of ce schemes should be abolishes and will be when we have FG in. FF set up too many.

author by dunkpublication date Mon May 02, 2011 09:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Radical plots: The politics of gardening

Gardens can captivate, relax and delight. But they have also been the setting for political statements and bloody protests. George McKay argues that we must dig beneath the flowerbeds and see the turf wars instead...
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/house-and-home/....html

...there are countless instances of people being "totally unrealistic" about gardens. From Hyde Park revolutionaries and ravers to utopian cranks and simple-lifers in garden cities like Letchworth, biodynamicists and back-to-the-landers, permaculturalists, white-poppy pacifists, separatist peaceniks, suffragettes, flower children, allotmenteers and guerrilla gardeners... such a constituency of unrealistic pragmatists (they are gardeners, after all) is in my view quite a good social grouping with which to dream and to make a better world – or, failing that, to lower the ambition to a realistic level, to make the world slightly less bad than what we are currently on track for. Radical gardeners should be part of the solution.

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