McCormack calls for communities to have spaces similar to Tearmann Community Garden

Social Democrats Local Area Rep for West Wicklow, Deirdre McCormack, has called for all communities to have the opportunity to create a community growing space like the one that has been developed over the last 19 years at Tearmann Community Garden in Baltinglass.

On a recent visit to the garden, Ms McCormack praised the hard work and dedication of the Tearmann Community Garden Committee, who have worked tirelessly over the years to create an inclusive community garden which can be enjoyed by all members of the Baltinglass community.

Deirdre commented: “Tearmann Community Garden is a truly special and wonderful place to visit. I was delighted to meet with Patricia and Reenie from the committee to hear about the diverse range of projects that the garden is involved in: from Dawn Chorus open air coffee mornings, to TY student vegetable growing projects, art classes and workshops. Especially designed to be dementia friendly and accessible, this garden is not only a sanctuary for the local community, it is also a haven for local biodiversity.”

Wicklow TD, Jennifer Whitmore joined Ms McCormack in her praise for all that has been achieved at Tearmann, saying, “with community allotments, chickens, an orchard, native hedgerows, ponds and more, there is a huge amount going on in this 2-acre site. And yet, it is a beautifully serene place, where everyone in the community feels welcome. I would love to see spaces like these in every town in the country.”

Community Gardens Ireland have recently launched their “Plant for the Future” campaign calling on Local Election candidates to support the provision of more allotments and community gardens throughout Ireland.

Deirdre McCormack commented, “I fully support Community Gardens Ireland’s “Plant for the Future” campaign and agree that more must be done to provide community gardens and allotments throughout the country. I was delighted to see the inclusion of a commitment from Wicklow County Council to support community groups in their efforts to develop communal gardens and allotments, in the recently adopted Wicklow Climate Action Plan.”

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