Green View Community Garden, Tolka Valley road, Finglas
The local community, Dublin North West Area Partnership, Dublin City Council and Crosscare came together to establish a community garden on waste ground on the Tolka Valley Road. Workers from the TUS programme and local volunteers began work on the 9th of July 2014. Dublin North West Area Partnership has also had some assistance from Ground Works a community organization from Belfast who have brought along volunteers from News UK Dublin.
To date 54 allotments have been developed and rented out to local residents and community workers. A lot of work has been carried out on the site over the last few months, with numerous projects under way.
Projects include a new BBQ area that allotment holders can enjoy when the weather allows. A large patio area was laid with seating made from reclaimed pallets, kindly donated by local business. The area is surrounded by colourful planting that will give long lasting colour throughout the year. Pathways have been cleared of any weeds and rubbish, with a new weed membrane placed on all paths. A fresh layer of bark mulch which was kindly donated by local tree surgeons has been laid on all paths throughout the allotments. This has really transformed the area making it much more assessable
Some allotment holders have erected protective covers over their plots to prevent pests having a feast on their juicy vegetables. Some allotment holders have decided to reuse and recycle old pallets and build their frames. This should great skill and termination to be environmentally friendly as possible.
A new polytunnel has been erected on site which will be used to grow flowers and vegetables to transform the gardens. The polytunnel is also large enough to allow staff to work in when it’s raining
Work currently being carried out in the gardens includes the development of a rose Garden. A very special thanks to Kay O’ Connor Finglas Tidy Towns and Tommy Donoghue, Erin’s Isle for organising and donating a large quantity of Top Soil for Greenview. Due to their generosity Greenview will see a transformation in the coming months
Future plans include the introduction of a wildflower garden. Colourful seasonal displays will be planted along the entrance to the gardens. Bird boxes, Bug hotels and log piles will be introduced to the garden to increase awareness and the importance of biodiversity.