Dig in! Limerick city’s allotment sites are snapped up

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

SEVERAL voluntary groups, a school and lots of ‘green-fingered’ individuals were among the successful applicants for Limerick City Council’s ‘Ballynanty Allotment Project’, launched this Tuesday by Mayor Maria Byrne.

SEVERAL voluntary groups, a school and lots of ‘green-fingered’ individuals were among the successful applicants for Limerick City Council’s ‘Ballynanty Allotment Project’, launched this Tuesday by Mayor Maria Byrne.

Twenty-five allotments - of 7 x 1.5 metres each - were awarded at random to some of the 120 applicants who expressed interest in the project, which is a pilot scheme for City Council’s Environment Department, who hope to extend the project to other parts of the city if successful.

The allotment area is a raised bed site based in Ballynanty - just off the Knockalisheen Road - and was home to a former flat complex which was demolished in 2007. Mayor Byrne, who described the initiative as a “pet project”, said she was “delighted” to award the keys to the new allotment holders at a ceremony in City Hall.

“I mentioned this the night I was elected and it is a pet project of mine and it is great to see so much interest in it,” said Cllr Byrne.

“I’m delighted to see it come to fruition and this is only the start of the project and it is great to see people from right across the city involved,” she added.