Petal power: Moyross flower project brings colour to city

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

Breda Boland, Eileen Sheahan, Treacy McElligott, Majella Conway and Ursula Dundon, getting the baskets ready for collection as part of the Moyross Is Blooming Wonderful flower project
THE seed sown in a simple idea 10 years ago has kept communities in bloom all over the northside ever since.

THE seed sown in a simple idea 10 years ago has kept communities in bloom all over the northside ever since.

Moyross Is Blooming Wonderful flower project has just celebrated its 10th year with another sellout flower sale at the community centre.

“The aim of this project is to encourage residents to display window boxes and hanging baskets. This adds colour to our parks, lifts the spirit of the community and promotes and improves the image of Moyross in a positive way,” explained Tracey McElligott, development worker with Moyross Community Forum.

“This is the 10th year of this project and it is wonderful to see so many residents filling window boxes and hanging baskets. Residents from Moyross, Caherdavin, Thomondgate, Ballynanty and Parteen took part and filled 135 containers.”

And the displays - featuring petunias and trailing lobelias - were all snapped up for the modest fee of €10 apiece at last Friday’s sale at the community centre.

Never was the term seed funding more appropriately used than when PAUL Partnership first funded Moyross Is Blooming Wonderful in 2006.

That small investment in materials in year one has made the project self-sustaining, generating its own revenues year-on-year through flower sales.

The project feeds into Limerick Tidy Towns and there is also a symbiotic relationship between Moyross Is Blooming Wonderful and the garden project at the community centre, through which residents are encouraged to grow their own fruit, vegetables and flowers. Everything from sunflowers and night stock to rhubarb and strawberries, grown in the garden project tunnels, was on sale last Friday to keep Moyross Is Blooming Wonderful a perennial event.

Tracey wanted to thank all the members of the flower project committee “for all their hard work, time and commitment”.

The green-fingered local women are: Rose Ryan, Eileen Sheehan, Ursula Dundon, Majella Conway, Deirdre O’Driscoll, Frances O’Connor, Margaret Browne, Deirdre Ryan

“Unfortunately no men will help us but it’s not for the lack of trying. But they do tell us we are doing a great job,” said Tracey.

“We are not sexist we would encourage any help and support from the men next year.”