Polytunnels, raised-beds, landscaped gardens and even a handmade boat in Youthreach, the Glen
On day two of the Cork leg of ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards judging roadshow, Sandy McGroarty’s ventures into the heart of the north-side to talk to the young environmentalists about their amazing school garden…
Being from Cork and having lived in the city for over 10 years, I was shocked by my unfamiliarity with the Northside demonstrated by me getting lost several times as i attempted to find the Glen Youthreach. But when I eventually did, I instantly realised it was definately worth it!! The work of the group is immediately apparent as you walk towards the centre and are struck by a beautifully landscaped garden complete with it’s own rasta boat which was also made by one of the group members, Tony.
They brought me out the back where I was impressed even more by their raised beds filled with a myriad of veggies which once grown will be cooked in their kitchen by the group.
They had also after much effort preparing the area, installed a large polytunnel and were eager to begin work in there.
Overall, this is such a fantastic achievement considering the areas before were a total wasteland and completely overgrown requiring a mammoth effort by all to turn their surroundings into a productive and beautiful space that they can all enjoy and be proud of. I look forward to visiting them again next year and see how their garden has grown!
Don’t forget to come and see the fantastic project carried out by Youthreach, The Glen, while it’s on display at the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Showcase and Awards in the Mansion House, Dublin. The Showcase will be open to the public from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on May 12!