Green oasis in Dublin 7

On Saturday 18th October, 2014 at 12 noon the Lord Mayor, Christy Burke, will officially open Mary’s Abbey Community Garden located just off Capel Street on the corner of Mary’s Abbey and Arran Street East, Dublin 7.
Speaking about the garden the Lord Mayor said “This transformation of an otherwise unused development site into a beautiful green temporary garden space is another example of how Dublin City Council can work with local communities to enhance the environment in the city centre. I want to thank everyone who has worked in this garden over the past few months and I congratulate them on their achievement. I have no doubt that the local community will benefit from this space and I hope that everyone will enjoy the garden and take ownership of it to allow it to flourish.”
This garden space has been facilitated on a temporary licence by NAMA and the receivers, with support from Dublin City Council. A number of community meetings were held to agree a design and layout in conjunction with Fieldworks and Strategies Landscape Architects. A committee of eight persons from the local area was set up to manage the garden. The project also worked with the Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders, IASIO, and the Probation Service who provided a team to work on the project installation as part of their Community Service hours. Work has progressed well and the garden has been planted with some mature trees, a wildlife area, a raised bed and trellised area for creepers, and a wild flower area. It is now opening to everyone in the local area to participate in, use and enjoy.
This event marks the official handover to the Mary’s Abbey Garden Committee who are inviting people to drop into the garden on Saturday the 18th at 12noon to see the fruits of their labour. Refreshments will be served and there will be face painting and children’s activities. Anyone can also come along on Tuesday evenings to garden night.

For further information please contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277.

Notes to the Editor
• IASIO – the Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders. IASIO is a private limited company with charitable status established in January 2012 and builds on the legacy of Linkage, a Probation Service initiative created in 2000, in partnership with Business In The Community Ireland.