Grow it Yourself Ireland and AIB have got together to fund community projects.
Following a recent talk and advice given by Betty (Lancaster) Kehoe, who is involved in GIY in Co. Wexford, Askamore Community Council has applied for the above funding to set up a community garden in the new park. There is a possibility of funding up to €5000 in one year, and a further €5000 if the initial project is successful.
The Community Council has applied for funding for a polytunnel, raised beds, plants and to provide for tutors to give expert advice.
Applications closed today, so fingers crossed that we will be successful and be able to provide facilities to anyone in the community who would like to learn to grow their own fruit and veg.
The Grow It Yourself movement has a great website – check it out here.
Tuesday Feb 26th – 8pm in Askamore Activity Centre: Betty (Lancaster) Kehoe will give a practical talk on The Spring Garden
- what to do now in the garden to maximise summer enjoyment
- how to cut down on the maintenance of the garden
- some ideas for colourful pots & containers
- Raffle of plants
Come along for the information and the cuppa afterwards.
Your Community, Your Park
Next Tuesday night, October 23rd at 8pm in Askamore Activity Centre, members of Askamore Community Council will give details of our new local park, for which 75% funding has just been agreed with Wexford Local Development.
Come along and find out about the new playground, adult outoor gym, labyrinth, picnic area, garden, lit-up walk way and more.
This exciting new development for Askamore will breathe new life into the local area, and will provide much needed facilities to all age groups.
Askamore Community Council is in the process of distributing a survey to each of the almost 300 households in the Askamore half-parish area. This is in an attempt to involve as many as possible locally in the future of Askamore.
The 3-page survey includes questions on how locals use the facilities available, such as the hall and the new Activity Centre, and also how they would like to see the area develop in the next 5 years.
Some of the initiatives proposed are the re-opening of a small shop locally, the development of the garden space behind the church, and the promotion of Askamore and the north Wexford area generally as an area of heritage. People are also being asked to give their own thoughts and comments on any or all aspects covered by the survey.
The survey has been professionally developed by Rural Development Officer Dr. Yvonne Byrne, working with the 17-strong members of the Community Council. Yvonne will collate the confidential responses, and present them publicly later in 2012. These responses will form the basis for the next Askamore 5-year plan.
Members of the Council will distribute and collect the survey in the coming days, as the final date for completing the survey is Monday, January 16th. This is an exciting time for the development of resources locally and it is hoped that there is a strong response to the survey.