Derelict King’s Island site is transformed into community garden

THE final touches are being put to a new community garden in King’s Island this week ahead of the official opening at the weekend.

THE final touches are being put to a new community garden in King’s Island this week ahead of the official opening at the weekend.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan will travel to Limerick on Saturday evening to perform the official opening along with the Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long.

Located at Church Street, across the road from King John’s Castle, the community garden has been constructed on a what was previously a derelict site.

The concept for the community garden was first mooted almost a year ago and the work on the project began earlier this year.

“I have always had an interest in horticulture and that is where the idea came from and I mentioned it to a few people and pushed it a bit and here we are and I am thrilled that it is nearing completion,” said community worker Gerry Imbusch, who came up with the idea.

One section of the community garden has been landscaped with flower beds and a seating area and the second section includes more than a dozen allotments where a variety of fruit and vegetables will be grown.

There is also a section where organic waste will be composted and prepared for re-use.

Students at the nearby St Mary’s Adult Education Cenrte will tend to the fruit and vegetables as part of the FETAC-level studies.

The site where the community garden has been developed is owned by Limerick City Council and the project has also received support from Limerick City Trust, Limerick Regeneration and FAS.

“It is a fantastic project, and since the start it has been a community -led initiative to turn the waste site into something useful and that is what we have done,” said James Ring - director of Limerick Civic Trust.