Limerick gardeners design 98 hanging baskets

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

KEEN gardeners from the northside have designed an incredible 98 hanging baskets in just three hours.

KEEN gardeners from the northside have designed an incredible 98 hanging baskets in just three hours.

Part of the Moyross entry into the annual Tidy Towns competition, activists gathered at the area’s Community Enterprise Centre to fill out plant pots with lobelias and petunias to meet orders from almost 100 people on the northside.

Eileen Sheahan, of Cosgrave Park, explained: “This scheme starts in April this year. We build boxes here, and you can order your own one. We have been doing it for eight years.”

She said there is a great spirit among the designers.

“It is great for us to come up here. It gives us an idea how to do these at home ourselves. We have a bit of craic among ourselves too, and a bit of a chat. It is great fun - and it is great for the mind as well,” she laughed.

Eileen also encouraged everyone in Moyross to get on board with their bid for Tidy Towns glory - which launched last week.

She said: “It’s all about everybody getting on board, everybody getting out and cleaning their little patch. If they see a bit of paper or a plastic bottle around, pick it up, bring it home and put it in your bin. How simple is that?”

Estate management development worker Tracy McElligott said giving window boxes and hanging baskets gives the community a real boost.

“It encourages people to keep the outside of their homes clean, it adds a bit of colour to the neighbourhood, and encourages a bit of pride there too.”

When Moyross entered the competition last year, the estate secured high marks, as well as finishing in the top half of the Limerick Leader-backed Community Challenge. Tracy is hoping for a similar outcome this time around - but the main ideal of the project is to bring people together.