The Southern Star, Saturday April 26th 2014
Transformation of waste ground at Tonafora
Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton was welcomed to Dunmanway Community Garden last Thursday, April 17th, when local volunteers showed her how waste ground at Tonafora has been transformed into a beautiful garden for local families to enjoy.
Volunteers Maria and Charlie Horgan, Amanda Moat, and Dunmanway Family Resource Centre development worker Ita Harris showed the minister the progress made over the site, which measures two-thirds of an acre. Families will have the opportunity to grow their own food; the garden will also produce food for the meals on wheels service run by the family resource centre.
Work began in developing the garden in Dunmanway last year. The project words with local families and volunteers, sharing and learning skills together to promote healthy eating, well-being and greater access to healthy food. Alongside the garden, a variety of courses are also provided, with upcoming courses including healthy cooking for families plus a supermarket tour, a Men’s Shed cookery course, greenwood furniture and tool making, and a families cooking together course. The garden, in partnership with the Hollies and Cork Environmental Forum, is part of the community food initiative funded by Safefood Ireland.
Dunmanway is one of ten community initiatives (CFSs) across Ireland.
For more information or if you would like to get involved in the garden, contact Colum Cronin on 023-8856818, or come along and meet the gardener, Selvi, any Thursday between 11am and 2pm.