Seminar asks 'Can the Community Garden survive water metering?'

Councillor Ciaran Cuffe, representing the Lord Mayor of Dublin, will address the Dublin City Community Forum’s 2014 Environmental Focus Group Seminar at the Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Dublin 8 on Saturday, 4th October, 2014 at 10am.
The Seminar will offer a wide variety of speakers covering a diverse and colourful spectrum of environmental conservation and enhancement relevant to Dublin. An area of keen interest will be the issue of water access for Dublin’s many community gardens and allotments. How will they survive water metering and what are the alternatives?  Water charges will have an impact on the voluntary sector and perhaps nowhere more so than on urban growing.
There will also be an opportunity for the audience to join a Community Supported Agriculture project and to participate in a Community Water Access Questionnaire.
There is now a very impressive community gardening movement up and running in Dublin which has attracted attention from as far away as Western Australia.  Dublin has also been used as a case study at Science and Technology Seminars in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe.    
To register your interest in attending please email
or tel. (01) 222 2855.  Early registration is recommended due to limited space.
For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office 
Robert Moss, Green Communities Manager, An Taisce. (01) 4002212
Notes to the Editor:
Speakers and Topics will also include:
Dr. Michael John O’Mahony of An Taisce Environmental Education Unit will speak about the new Green Flag Award for Parks which is being piloted across the four Dublin local authorities and by the OPW.
Lynda Huxley from the Galway/Mayo IT Campus Swift Project will speak about the Dublin Swift Conservation Project, and how to help these unique summer visitors by installing Swift Boxes.
David Sheerin of Drimnagh Castle School will be telling us about the successes this school has had with An Taisce’s Green School’s Programme, and what it has delivered for the school.
There will also be presentations on; City Farms, Water Harvesting, Herbs from Gardens, and Community Supported Agriculture.