Up until October, the CHANGE Community Garden was merely a patch of unused land in the grounds of the Coolock Development Centre in Bunratty Drive. Doras Bui, who are part of a nationwide Community Food Initiative Programme funded by SafeFood and managed by Healthy Food for All, partnered with local organisations Northside Partnership and the Coolock Development Centre have come together to transform this space into a community garden. Funding alone was not enough to get this garden started though, extra hands were badly needed to begin the heavy work of digging beds, landscaping and planting trees.
After putting out an appeal for help ,over 30 volunteers from theDoubleTree.Hilton.com/Dublin began the backbreaking work. Volunteers from the Hilton were followed by another 30 volunteers from Mondelez International (Cadbury) who continued on with the excellent work started by the Hilton team.
Speaking at the volunteer days, Linda Devlin, who is coordinating the project for Doras Buí, explained to volunteers that: “Your work for us is invaluable. It can be difficult to get people excited about a community garden when all they see is grass. The work that you have begun today is already arousing and interest from the community with several people stopping to ask what is happening. The CHANGE Community Garden is a key part of a wider enterprise ‘CHANGE’ (Creating Health Around Nutrition, Growing and Eating’), which aims to address issues of food poverty in the local community and to enable people to make healthy food choices for themselves and their children. It is anticipated that the Community Garden will be a great resource for many groups in the Coolock area both as a learning exercise offering horticultural training. garden volunteers and the nearby Healthy Food Made Easy courses, and as a relaxing and therapeutic space for locals to come along and relax.