Ballybane Community Garden

Location: The garden is located on Castle Park Road, Ballybane across the road from the Library near the church.
Days & times: Thursdays        10.00am to 1.00pm

Saturdays          2.00pm to 4.00pm

Wednesday evening    7.00pm-9pm (June-Septembe
Contact details: Galway City Partnership, Ballybane Office - 091 768305
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Supported by: Galway City Partnership, Galway City Council, Galway Healthy Cities Project, HSE West, GRETB
More information: Click here for a map and more info...

Ballybane Community Garden was set up in 2006. The garden initially comprised 1,200 sq metres and was so successful that an additional 1,500 square metres was added in 2008. The garden is now three quarters of acre in size. The garden is certified organic by IOFGA and is inspected annually to ensure we adhere to organic growing principles. The garden is managed by a voluntary committee.  The chair is Janny Venneman.

Participants come from all social groups and all ages including adults, young people, children, older people, groups with disabilities, both physical and mental, travellers and migrants.  Volounteers from the Clarenmore Project and The Brothers of Charity are active members of the garden with their own space and have recently completed a mosaic for the garden.

A wide variety of vegetables, fruit and herbs are grown and participants share the work as well as the produce and occasionally sell any surplus. All crops grown in the garden are propagated on site from organic seed. A full range of crops are grown outdoors and under cover in 2 polytunnels including carrot, cabbage, pumpkin, onion, scallion, potato, leek, celery, artichoke, sweetcorn, tomato, pea, runner bean, lettuce, spinach, rocket, broad bean, parsnip, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower and swedes.
The garden is always looking for new volunteers to join both from the local community and the wider city area.   Everyone works only to their ability and time they have available. We would welcome those who are also interested in growing flowers and herbs as our borders don't always get the attention they deserve. The garden is a resource for all community groups, if your group would like to use the space, please contact us.

We have a clay oven and barbecue for cooking and also a new teaching space. Other projects for the year ahead include completing a Children's Garden, revamping a pond, erecting another small poly tunnel and laying a new path. In the Autumn we will be planting up a large area extending our fruit garden with more soft fruits and larger fruit trees. We have a professional gardener who comes to the garden once a month to host a teaching session and advise us on work for the month ahead.

 

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