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Since the idea for the community garden in Kildorrery first came to light in the summer of 2011, it has now become a focal point of the community and a great addition to the village.
The secretary of the committee, Patrick Lynch explained that it all started with a survey that was carried out in the summer of 2011 and many people said that allotments would be a good idea in the village, this then developed when land was acquired on the Fermoy road from the community field.
He said that a polytunnel was erected with the help of local volunteers and community scheme workers, before raised beds were put in and filled with top soil.
Last year, ten people took an allotment, including one for the local national school and now a number of outside raised beds have been added, trees were planted, compost bins were erected to use as fertiliser and over the winter, they also added a storage and tool shed.
Mr Lynch explained that they started out with main crop potatoes, fruit trees and bushes yielding apples, pears, blackcurrants, gooseberries and blueberries.
Now, they boast an impressive community garden with all of these and a great variety of fruit and vegetables, including carrots, onions, beetroot, tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, peppers, courgettes and squash.
"It is a great addition to the village. A lot of work has been carried out in the garden over the winter with the addition of a storage and tool shed and a large number of extra outside raised beds constructed and filled with topsoil and footpaths put down all over the garden, again all this hard work was compleated by Community Scheme workers and local volunteers.
"A very big thanks to all who worked on this project. We are all ready now for the new planting year and also have plans to add a chicken coup to the garden, so we can have our own free range eggs," Mr Lynch said.
Anyone in the Kildorrery Parish who would be interested in taking an allotment in 2013 can contact Pat on 086 8609866 for details.
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