Kerry Group in partnership with NEWKD are delighted to present the July 2018 Community Vibrancy certificate to the Castleisland Community Garden in recognition of their valuable contribution to the:
• Community Vibrancy of the Castleisland Area;
• Social Supports;
• Leadership in Community, Environment and Rural Development.
Castleisland Community Garden is an all-inclusive community development project that involves gardeners with diverse abilities, various backgrounds and all age groups, to promote sustainable growing and the harvesting of organic produce. The garden was started in 2012 by NEWKD’s Rural Social Scheme (RSS) with the support of the Presentation Sisters giving a lease of the ground at the Crageens.
The committee that runs the project comprises St. John of God and Oilean Beo, Castleisland Women’s Resource, Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (KDYS), Castleisland Branch of Kerry Mental Health, Castleisland Community Group College Transition year students, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABI) and other groups and interested individuals.
The project has 32 gardeners, 53 plots fully planted and growing, 3 large poly tunnels and an orchard with several rows of more than 20 different types of trees and bushes. The garden also has a pond for frogs, with natural hedging planted on the boundaries, as well as some native Irish trees, all creating bio diversity corridors throughout the garden. KETB have organised several courses on vegetables, growing in poly-tunnels, herbs, composting, rain harvesting and cooking,
In terms of future plans the group hope to facilitate the collection of rain water, the manufacture of a large compost sieve, the roofing of the Eco Hut, and also are looking at getting chickens and ducks, adding to the variety in the garden.
John Stack, Chairperson, said that “NEWKD congratulate the Castleisland Community Garden and all individuals and groups involved in making this such a positive, environmental, inclusive and vibrant community-led initiative that is going from strength to strength.”
Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs, Kerry Group, also offered his congratulations and best wishes to all involved saying “Well done to all involved with Castleisland Community Garden. It offers a fantastic opportunity for individuals to connect with nature and their community and as part of a productive and sustainable initiative.”