Biodiversity garden in Limerick city taking shape for a blooming summer

Brian O’Connor

Reporter:

Brian O’Connor

The Creative Nature biodiversity garden will be a central platform to showcase local events
The transformation of a former derelict site in Limerick city into a biodiversity garden that will act as a centralised platform to showcase educational, arts and community events, is almost ready to bloom.

The transformation of a former derelict site in Limerick city into a biodiversity garden that will act as a centralised platform to showcase educational, arts and community events, is almost ready to bloom.

The premise of the project is to fuse culture, education, environmentally aware urban spaces and entertainment.

The Creative Nature Project is funded by Limerick City of Culture and situated at Thomas and Anne Street’s junction.

It will be open to the public each Saturday and Sunday from June 1 until September 30.

The garden will become a focal point and multi-utilised space hosting events such as; community picnics, workshops, organic food markets, outdoor yoga, lectures, low key music events and information days.

Over 100 small native Irish trees have been planted including oak, cherry, rowan and blackthorn. A total of 35 species of Irish wildflowers have also been planted with the aim of attracting bumble bees and butterflies.

The biodiversity garden will bloom into full colour around mid June and that corner of the city should provide a welcome break from concrete and brick.

Some larger trees have been planted in recycled oil barrels and decorated with paintings by local artists including; Mike Culliney, Jo Cregg, Hugh McMahon, Jacob Stack, Jack O’Sullivan and Kate O’Shea.

More work will be carried out at the garden before being opened to the public. A small performance area will be erected along with seating areas. Nesting boxes for birds and bumble bees will be installed including five from the ceramics department at St Joseph’s Foundation.

The city’s TomCat Street Festival will hold their official launch at the garden on Friday May 30, at 5.30pm. This cheese and wine reception will also feature samples of food from café’s and restaurant’s across Thomas and Catherine streets.

The launch will be followed by a guided tour of the area with Limerickslife.com curator, Sharon Slater, at 7pm.

Festival organisers describe the tour as a “unique and slightly dark history of our little neighbourhood and promises to raise curiosity”.

Creative Nature have said they would like to thank Limerick City and County Council, Garden Rooms and Coillte for donating trees and local businesses for their continued support and sponsorship.

Please email creative.nature2014@gmail.com if you would like an event to be hosted at the garden.