One of the early decisions made by Community Gardens Ireland was that we would aim to meet every three to four months in different venues around the entire island, making it as inclusive as we could. Not only would people be able to meet virtually, they would have the opportunity to meet in person too.
We began in Dublin then moved to Athlone, Derry, Leitrim and on the 1st February it was the turn of Cork, with Knocknaheeny/Hollyhill community garden hosting members who travelled from afar to attend a communication skills workshop and networking event.
Twenty four community gardeners, coordinators and trainers met for a day of learning, sharing and just getting to know one another in a community garden that’s been growing under the guidance and tutelage of Aisling O’Donoghue and more recently, with the addition of team member Conor Lynch.
I asked Conor and Aisling a few questions about how the garden was being operated and funded in the hope that we can all learn from their experience.