Ciara masterminded a team of students organised through Teagasc to plant up 30 new heritage variety trees in the Orchard. They came into us for a day and fuelled by tea and crisps did a fantastic job of getting all our trees nicely bedded into their new forever home.
Stephen ‘Handy as a Small Pot’ Crowe has been filling our polytunnel with shelves, workbenches and raised beds overseen by eagle-eyed gaffer Niall.
A couple of weeks ago, Shane, Jim and Martin (with lots of help from Stephen, Liz and Sean) organised for the larchwood from Turvey to be transported down to the garden. So it’s all ready for our R&R area which we will get built at some stage, funds permitting.
Meanwhile I have been concentrating on the really fun things in life like Insurance, Health & Safety Statements and Risk Assessments. Luckily one of our Members, Will took pity on me and took over this thankless task. So thanks to Will we are now putting the final touches to our H&S statement. Gardening isn’t generally seen as a high risk occupation but all the same, these things need to be done and we have to ensure everyone works safely and sensibly. I am still trying to sort the insurance issue out. Unfortunately for now we do still have to garden without insurance but I’m working on it.
When I needed a little light relief from those issues, I turned to the mountains of fragrant manure that FCC had kindly given us from Newbridge and alongside many other gallant souls, embarked on the uplifting job of spreading it all over our vegetable beds. I can’t wait to see our harvest this year!
Very, very excitingly our well has been drilled so once we sort out a way to pump the water up we’ll have our own irrigation supply in the garden. Big, big thanks to Fingal County Council for getting this done for us.
A group of us got a chance to change out of our wellies this week and go along to a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague in the Mansion House this week. He’s a great man for all things Green and both himself and the Lady Mayoress Sinead have been very supportive of the Garden. So thanks to them for their encouragement.
So as you can see there’s still lots going on in the Walled Garden. Hope to see you all soon.