Desk Research: Press Release for Limerick Allotment

If you go down to the allotments today  (Saturday 27th August)

Saturday 27th August was meet and greet day at the Limerick City Council Allotment Site in Ballynanty.   ‘Allotmenteers’ were on hand,   happy to chat about their plots and share their knowledge with fellow plot holders and visitors.

Mayor of Limerick Councillor Jim Long.

‘The allotment site looks fantastic.  I cannot believe how vibrant the plots are.  It is wonderful to see vegetables growing in the heart of Limerick and it is great to see the camaraderie that has developed between everyone here. ‘

The Mayor also had the opportunity to inspect the new 800L rainwater harvester which has been fitted to the allotment shed.  This will give the allotmenteers the opportunity to conserve water.

Ms. Caroline Curley, Director of Service, Environment

“The City Council is delighted with the allotment project.  The allotment site has rejuvenated the entrance to Ballynanty.  It is obvious that everyone on site is taking great pride in their work.”

Mr John Hickey, Allotmenteer

“I am here most days and my children come with me from time to time.  There are great benefits to being involved. My family have been eating home grown vegetables; my children have watched food grow from seed to being on a dinner plate.  I also have the opportunity to learn from others and assist fellow allotmenteers where I can.”

Twenty six plots have been taken up.  A variety of produce is growing, beans, peas, potatoes, cabbage, lettuces.  Flowers also add great colour to the site.  Two plots are still available.  If you are interested in joining this project contact the environment department of 061-407190.

Limerick City is a burst of colour this year with a fabulous floral scheme in the city centre.  The City Council is continually looking for innovative ways to look after pockets of land.  The Limerick Civic Trust’s new community garden is an example.  The City Council granted a licence to the Trust to manage the land on Castle Street.  Another example is the splendid wildflower area on Clancy Strand which was planted by community volunteers.

Background

The allotment site is based in Ballynanty and on a site that was home to a former flat complex which was demolished in 2007.  It is a raised bed allotment site, with 28 allotment plots.  The plots are 7 m x l.5 m.   A communal shed is provided on the site along with rainwater harvesting and access to water.  The plots are €200 per annum.  26 of the allotment plots have been taken up and a strict user agreement has been signed by each of the plot holders.

 Press release re official launch

Limerick City Council Officially Opens Allotment Project.

Mayor of Limerick City Cllr Maria Byrne officially opened Limerick City Council’s   Allotment Project (Tuesday 24th May 2011) in Ballynanty. The allotment project will be managed by the Environment Department in City Hall.

The allotment site is based in Ballynanty just off the Knockalisheen Road.  The site was home to a former flat complex which was demolished in 2007.  It is a raised bed allotment site, with 28 allotment plots.  The plots are 7 m x l.5 m.   A communal shed is provided on the site along with access to water.  The plots are €200.  25 of the allotment plots have been taken up and a strict user agreement has been signed by each of the plot holders.

Mayor Cllr Maria Byrne

“I am thrilled with this Environment Department initiative.  I mentioned the development of an allotment site in my inaugural address and I am delighted to see an allotment project come to fruition during my term as Mayor.”

The Mayor presented the new plot holders with a book on allotments along with cabbage and lettuce seedlings ready for planting.   The plot holders were also treated to a talk on growing vegetables by organic farmer, Madeline McKeever.

 Ms. Caroline Curley, Director of Service

“The City Council is pleased with the response to this project.  We will be liaising with plot holders to ensure the smooth running of the allotment site.  Developing the Ballynanty allotment site has rejuvenated this site at the entrance to Ballynanty.  I hope that this allotment development will continue to enhance the area into the future.”

Newspaper Clipping (Chronicle)

Master Composter Chronicle Article

Thanks to Sinead McDonnell for sending me on this.

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