Hope everyone had a good summer and you are settled back into the usual routines now after holidays etc.
Although high summer is over the garden continues to be busy with lots of vegetables in season (courgettes, millions of marrows, rhubarb, herbs, potatoes, tomatoes, chillis, beans, pears, plums, grapes etc) and the gardeners working within the walls are able to bring a lovely selection of fresh organic produce home after a few hours working in the autumn sunshine. And our front section is looking glorious this year. It's such a huge area but we are making great progress and there are some beautiful displays.
COME AND SEE US
I'd like to remind all our members that you are welcome to come and see us at any time. Lots of people feel a bit sheepish if they haven't been able to come in a while, but remember, that's exactly what the garden is here for. Along with our hardy regulars we do need and appreciate all our members including those who can only come along a couple of times a year. So please don't let that put you off!
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL TIME
Also, I'd like to remind everyone that membership renewals are now due. Thanks to all of you who have been able to renew over August and September but for everyone else - if you are able to renew please come along to the garden with cash or renew on line:http://www.santrycommunitygarden.ie/join-us.html
Membership fees are our lifeblood and really help to keep the garden going so thanks in advance for your support!
NEW COMMITTEE MEMBER
I'm delighted to confirm that Brian Harty has agreed to come over to the 'dark side' and join the Committee :) Brian is a fantastic worker in the garden and has been instrumental in leading so many of our projects as well as caring for the trees and the orchard so we're very pleased that he's agreed to help represent members on the Committee - Brian, I owe you a pint at the AGM for definite!
Next on our list in terms of projects is our Wildlife Area. We applied for an LA21 Grant (Government / Local Council initiative) to help us with this. We also asked Dublin Bus for support although we weren't successful there. They've been very good to us in the past though, so we couldn't really complain. So we're on the look out for any other grants or funding opportunities there.
In other news, we got the kittens re-homed as you may have seen from previous emails. And we've also procured some more water cubes so hope to extend our water harvesting /irrigation system further this year.
And our recent barbeque was a very successful and pleasant afternoon with about 30 members turning up bringing a variety of delicious dishes with them.
The next event will be our annual pumpkin carving for Hallowe'en. I'll confirm the date shortly.
Anyway, I've rambled on enough. Look forward to seeing you all soon and thanks again for your ongoing support which helps keep the garden such a successful and beautiful area for us all and indeed all our visitors.
Donna and the SCG Committee