It was a drizzly day in Wicklow Town last Saturday when Ecological Artist, Ashleigh Downey brightened up the day and treated a group of eager ecologists to a Field Explorers Workshop as part of the Green Sod, Wild Acres Project.
An Tairseach Organic Farm and Ecology Centre was naturally the perfect location for this event which saw attendees engaging all of their senses as they experienced the smell, sound and feel of various items blindfolded. Ashleigh then went on to bring the group through a small sample of the many wonders of nature including hydroponic propogation, the resilience of succulents and the hidden ecological gems which surround us each and every day. After a workshop on creating your own field notebook, largely from upcycled materials, there was a trip to the cosmic garden at An Tairseach followed by a tour of the organic gardens.
As always, Donna, An Tairseach’s Head Gardener was found amongst the stunning tomato vines of the poly tunnels and was happy to let attendees meander around the gardens with tour leader, Ashleigh.
If you haven’t visited the Cosmic Garden at An Tairseach Ecology Centre, you really should put it on your list. It’s a wonderful space to sit and meditate or just to wander and listen to the birds (or the raindrops!).
Before you go, do drop into the organic farm shop where you can get a mighty array of fabulously fresh, organic garden produce along with an ever extending range of eco-friendly household supplies. Green Sod Ireland is a community-based organisation who work to foster a sense of belonging and well-being through protection of biodiversity, conservation of the land and raising awareness of the connection between each of us and the land around us.
They run a number of educational programmes throughout the year including the BEE Aware programme for primary schools and CONNECT Programme for Transition Year students. An Tairseach run a raft of events throughout the year on all sorts of related topics such as Organic gardening for beginners, Ayurvedic cookery classes, Yoga Classes, Spiritual retreats, and Faith based Day courses. If you’re not attending a course, you are still welcome to visit the gardens, but do call in advance as they may be closed due to a retreat taking place.