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3rd time lucky for community garden in Dublin 8?

category dublin | environment | news report author Tuesday September 18, 2007 17:24author by dunkauthor email dolphinsbarngarden at gmail dot comauthor address South Circular Road Garden, Dublin 8author phone 085-7344904 Report this post to the editors

Some months back, people from the Dublin community gardens collective secured the legal use of a space on South circular road, across the road from the White Heather factory behind which the original "Dolphins barn commmunity garden" was started 2 years ago on squatted land but that was later evicted. They have been busy over the past while, quietly and happily digging away, gently making a beautiful social space which is an example of what a more sustainable community or city looks like. There is currently a lovely new addition to the old Dublin 8 street, just after the Mosque coming from the city centre: a line of very colorful sunflowers now stand out against the green of the veggies and flowers growing behind in the SCR plot. The collective have at least another 2 years in this space and hopefully things will keep on growing so that this garden turns into a permanent green space for the city. All newcomers are people interested are welcome.
sunflowers mark the border of the new SCR garden in Dublin 8
sunflowers mark the border of the new SCR garden in Dublin 8

The first garden in this urban greening, unused land reclaiming, social space experiment came into life on the 12th of april 2005 in one of the most socially excluded parts of the city: an unused piece of land behind a factory on the banks of the Grand canal just before Dolphins Barn bridge. In little under a year, the time that the first garden existed, skills, stories, food and dreams were shared, new friendships were forged and the beginings of an ever growing discussion were started as to how best space can be used in Dublin city, what grassroots, bottom-up approachs can be started to re-establish community spaces in areas that have lost such spaces, having them let go to pot by the council with all the negative effects that go along with that; drink and drug abuse, violence, homelessness, mental health issues...

The idea of what constitutes a healthier, safer, happier, more sustainable community and city were being explored and in time more people from all sides of life were coming to the garden to get their hands dirty, plant food or to simply give a hand and spend time in an oasis of calm in what seems to be a city which gets more and more noisier and dirtier as the tiger keeps on growing... In time a second garden was started, this time on the Northside, again along the city canal, this time above Phibsborogh, that was called the "cursed earth garden".

But soon "development" was to drive the Dolphins Barn collective from their first garden, just as it was approaching their first birthday, an eviction of sorts: asked to leave and with little alternatives, they did in April 14th 2006, both celebrating and mourning the brief life there and need to find a new space. Some of the collective moved out to land in Finglas and developed a garden there, which is still going.

Around April 2007 members of the original garden crew and some from the newer Finglas plot opened land beside Sallys bridge, 100 metres down the canal from the original plot, on an unused green field behind a fence which backed onto the back of the Dublin Mosque. They were there for only a short while and constructed a lovely wooden sign welcoming people to the garden, but they were quickly notified from the council that they should pack up or else they would be threathened with "trespass" orders and all that goes along with that. During this time some, pre election time, some of the Green party came out and looked at the garden and some talk happened about how unused spaces in the city could be used as green food production zones which double up as nodal community points and can reinforce sense of community. The gardening collective left this space after only a few weeks and the space has gone back to what it was before: unused green space alongside the canal where before much evidence of drug abuse was found in the space.. needles, foil, pills and other dirty dangerous things....especially dangerous if youths from the area use it as a space for play.

So will it be third time lucky for a community garden in Dublin 8, hopefully it will. Some of the gardening collective will be speaking this Saturday as part of the opening weekend of Seomra Spraoi (part 3), the Dublin social centre, and theres even talk of a little soup being shared out from the garden. This happens to fall on International car free day, which amongst other things was part of the initial reason to get hands dirty in Dublins soil in the first place: to explore alternatives to carbon culture, to make real alternatives which lesson the oil used to get our food to our tables, to re-learn the skills our forefathers had: how to go out onto land and work it so that in time food is reaped from it..... to witness the simple joy and magic of watching things grow from mother earth.

If anyone feels like giving it a shot or would like to just pop along to lend a hand or to simply see what its about, do. Personally speaking, the year or so I was involved were a real pleasure and the crew are a great mixed bunch who all made those times spent magical moments indeed.

from the SCR website:
"Regular gardening on the SCR plot is due to begin for the Summer. At least two people will be rostered to open the garden on Tuesday, Thursday evenings and Saturday from 2pm. Email (dolphinsbarngarden@gmail.com) for further details."

Contact Numbers >>> Seoidin 085-7344904 Ruth 086-3606830 Patrick 087-7558336 Kieran 087-1304263

Email: dolphinsbarngarden@gmail.com


Previous garden posts:

Dolphin's Barn community garden under threat

dolphins barn community garden birthday party on good friday

The Cursed Earth Garden

Bringing Nature To Mans Domain

all you need to know about permaculture, eco issues, composting, gardening, food production, wormeries, roof gardens....
community gardening, C/O IMC-KENYA

and lastly an essay about what a future sustainable community would look like..."its not an option, its what were going to have to turn to, to survive"


Related Link: http://southcirculargarden.blogspot.com/

Dublin 8 garden: fruit, veggies and flowers a growin'
Dublin 8 garden: fruit, veggies and flowers a growin'

Ralph and Helder built a table from palettes for the garden in late July.
Ralph and Helder built a table from palettes for the garden in late July.

The table is given approval by SCR gardens neighbour Tim.
The table is given approval by SCR gardens neighbour Tim.

3rd time lucky for community garden in Dublin 8?
3rd time lucky for community garden in Dublin 8?

author by dunkpublication date Tue Sep 18, 2007 17:47author email fuspey at yahoo dot co dot ukauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

In May 2006 community gardeners from all over the island of Ireland met during CELT's "weekend in the woods" to share stories and ideas for the future. During this time we watched a super film on how peak oil can be survived by doing exactly what we had been doing: local food production. The film shown was "The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil" and here are a few links to find out more about it and to view some shorts from You Tube about gardening, food production and alternatives to oil dependance...

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
learn more and order film

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens aftger they lost global support in the early 1990's.
1 minute trailer

Learning from Cuba's Response to Peak Oil
Peak Moment #27: Megan Quinn of The Community Solution discusses her visit to Cuba, and the movie "The Power of Community". This young woman sees Peak Oil as an opportunity to create the communities we want, but notes that we must reduce our consumption despite environmentalists' assurances that biofuels will save us.
(28 minute interview)

Related Link: http://www.powerofcommunity.org/cm/index.php
author by Ray - Various things based in Corkpublication date Wed Sep 19, 2007 15:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Well done the urban community gardeners! May sunflowers and serried rows of veg continue to give a socially- and environmentally-conscious two fingers to the progressive democrats of this sick sick world. The world will be won back for its people and animals and plants furrow by furrow and planter by planter. Let's bury the corporate zombie under a moither of foliage!!!!

author by gardenerpublication date Tue Sep 25, 2007 14:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

from the garden lists...

To mark the occasion of the turning of the year

Tuesday evening Sept 25th 6.30 pm onwards

gardening and afterwards

Garden BBQ

byovs bring your own vegetarian steak
byod bring your own drink
best wishes

author by gardenerpublication date Tue Sep 25, 2007 14:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

interactive map of location of garden

Dolphins Barn community garden, SCR, everybody welcome
Dolphins Barn community garden, SCR, everybody welcome

author by Michelle Clarke - Social Justice and Ethicspublication date Mon Jul 14, 2008 21:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Community garden initiative has taken flight again.

Well done to those involved in the organisation and preparation.

Community gardens operate in many country and add to the ethos of sef-sufficiency living within the 'Walls of a City'.

Total exploration now exists from fruit trees, to strawberries, to berries, to cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes, onions, carrots.......a home grown vegetable steww.

Lidl are now selling plants orgin the fruit collection......

Good news for the environment too.

Michelle Clarke
Corita Adams 'Flowers grow out of dark moments'.

Related Link: http://www.mentalhealthelections.ie
author by dunkpublication date Tue Jul 15, 2008 09:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors

On last nights RTE news the garden was featured, view here:

Community gardening taking root (2:05 )
Philip Bromwell reports that enthusiasts claim 'growing your own' is likely to become increasingly popular

see post on garden website here:

and the garden was visited at the last grassroots gathering

well done to all, see you in august


the irish community gardening experience

RTE 6.00 news: Community gardening taking root
RTE 6.00 news: Community gardening taking root

author by flowerspublication date Thu May 14, 2009 03:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Keep up the good work and flowers for everyone.

Related Link: http://greennature.com/gallery/flower-pictures/
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