A TV3 show airing next Monday night will focus on the efforts of a team of 300 volunteers in transforming an old orchard at the Daughters of Charity Services into a garden of earthly delights.
It is the first of four episodes in the new series Renovation Nation, fronted by Laura Woods.
The idea is to give charities “a helping hand by refitting, revamping and reviving their much loved spaces - and they do it all in just one day”, according to a spokesperson for the show.
The Lisnagry project sees “our team of renovation professionals oversee 300 volunteers as they work on 16 tailor-made projects to transform the bare and uninspiring space into a garden of relaxation and stimulation for the 400 service users - complete with wheelchair accessible pathways, ample wooden seating areas and a gigantic 67-metre long sensory walkway”.
Also planned for the service users are an entrance pergola and a gazebo.
Breda Noonan, Daughters of Charity, explained: “Many of the service users here at Lisnagry would have sensory impairment, be it visual or hearing or indeed mobility, whatever, so this particular space I suppose will bring an appreciation to them where they can smell, taste, touch what prior to this, we didn’t have here on campus at Lisnagry.”
The volunteers - in this instance 300 staff from Fidelity Investments offices in Dublin and Galway - arrive in Limerick and their efforts are co-ordinated by Difference Days, a company specialising in corporate social responsibility.
And when rain threatens to hamper the renovation efforts in Lisnagry, Difference Days’ Denis O’Reilly merely shrugs that he has enough ponchos to go around to get through the 16 different projects in the single day allotted.
To see how the team get on over their 1,800 hours of voluntary labour, tune in Renovation Nation on TV3 on Monday, January 5 (8pm).