Community Gardens

Vibrant Community Gardens and a Dream Almost Realised

May 20, 2012
Serenity Community Garden

Serenity Community Garden

A meeting of the Community Garden Network Group and a visit to Serenity Community Garden

Baby bath container Serenity Community GardenThe Serenity Community Garden in inner city Dublin held an open day yesterday. This wasn’t just any old open day but arranged so that both the general public and those of us in the newly formed Community Garden Network Group (CGNW) could have an informal get together in another community garden prior to our more ‘official’ meeting at the OPEN offices.

This was the third meeting of the CGNG that was formed last autumn with the idea of supporting community gardens in Ireland and Northern Ireland and we were delighted to see that our dream is close to being realised.

Serenity Community Garden, Dublin - bottle greenhouseWe were shown a snippet of the new NING website that will be going live within the next few weeks and it’s given those of us at the meeting a renewed sense of purpose and excitement for the support this voluntary service will be able to offer to groups around the country.

Serenity Community GardenThe website will be a place to share learning and resources, a point of information for events, offer a free home for groups to tell everyone else about their gardens as well as give more practical information on setting up community gardens, legal information and funding ideas.

But more of that at another time. Today I wanted to share with you some images of the delightful Serenity Community Garden in Dublin 8, so you can see that community gardens don’t have to be on large pieces of land or that you need lots of money to fund them. All you need are a few enthusiastic individuals who want to garden together – sharing the work and then the produce.

Every city, town or village has areas like this one – are you tempted? Would you like  to find out for yourself what the ‘feel good’ factor is like that those of us already involved in community gardens carry around with us?

Raised Beds at Serenity Community GardenIf so, or if you’re already involved with one, you can register your details here.


  • Reply La Vie en Rose May 22, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    It certainly is a lovely idea – very inspiring Dee. I’ve also a great admirer of Diarmuid Gavin and the Dirty Old Town show. It is amazing what a few volunteers and a bit of hard graft can do.


    • Reply greensideupveg May 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      I could go on and on about community gardens Sharon, find the whole concept so inspiring…

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