Today (5/2/12), the Dublin Citizens Defence Committee (CDC) in co-operation with residents in Charlemont Street, participated in organising and carried out work on a communal garden for the area.
Spokesperson for the CDC and Charlemont Street resident Tony Nicoletti commented:
“When Charlemont Street was giving the green light for redevelopment and as part of the de-tenanting process, all ground-floor flats have been vacated and boarded-up. This left the flats complex with plenty of unused gardens that have been lying idle now for quite awhile.”
“We got off to a good start today and began cleaning out rubbish and turning the soil in some of the gardens to make way for the planting of seeds and potatoes. This was the most labour intensive process of the gardening and all that’s left now to do is set about planting seeds.”
“The idea behind the communal garden is to create a space for the residents within the flats complex so that the young and old can use the area for play, learning, meeting, and socialising, as well as gardening, and also to give them the opportunity to participate and contribute their own ideas.”
“We would encourage all parents and kids to come along to our next gardening event. This is a great opportunity, especially for the kids from the area, to get involved in and help create a space they can call their own.”
For anybody who would like to take part in the gardening we will be meeting again in a couple of weeks time (18/2/12) at 2pm to start with the planting process.