(FINALIST 2018) Growing together: a community garden in Ireland that aims to be inclusive for all people.

The Dunmanway Community Garden initiative leased a one-acre site from Cork County Council, with an aim to design, build, maintain and use a shared community garden space. The project trained people in basic horticultural skills, construction skills and co-operative working. It was developed for the people of Dunmanway, across all age groups, from toddler to the elderly, and regardless of physical ability, mental well-being or nationality.

The Community Garden hosts courses for adults on literacy and numeracy through gardening, therapeutic gardening, mental health and well-being, painting, ceramics, photography and woodcraft. Courses for younger members include after-school programmes and “Root Camp” for teenagers, teaching them the skills of growing, cooking and eating together. Well over 1,000 people have visited the garden for events, courses, groups, camps, school days, education and celebrations. Further funding from Cork County Council engaged workers from an unemployment programme who take visitors on a tour of the garden or help new volunteers to get involved. Dunmanway Community Garden is a success story due to the phenomenal input of the volunteers who established and maintain the garden to meet the needs of the community.




Councillor Declan Hurley

Councillor, Cork County Council and former Mayor of County Cork

Mayor of County Cork

Councillor Patrick Gerard Murphy