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Broadstone Community Garden Group
Secretary’s report for AGM 2015
2014 was another busy year for the group. Highlights
We held our second AGM in January. The existing committee
was re-elected with two new officers Christina Offutt and Catherine Keating.
In the spring we extended the garden with the addition of
several new raised beds and delivery of new soil and compost. We set up compost
bins and planted up the new beds with some unusual squashes from China. We also
got some bark for paths from tree surgeons who removed trees from Constitution
Hill to make way for the new Luas plaza.
In April one of our members Pat Keating built a very
impressive living sally boundary around the garden. This has proven to be a
source of great admiration as well as a practical boundary around the raised
In the summer we hosted the Dublin Food cyclers and some of
our members visited the Dublin Garden Festival. We also had some American
students who helped out over the summer months. We harvested our first potatoes
In September we were delighted to win first place in the
Dublin City Centre Community Awards for best garden. This was a great vote of
confidence on our garden and the commitment of all the volunteers who have
We had a very successful “bean feast” in September, with
lots of visitors and supporters in attendance. This was a good way also to use
up a glut of beans that resulted from very favourable growing conditions for
the second year running.
We entered a video in the “Better Together” competition in
the autumn and were delighted to receive over 1,000 votes which qualified us
for the first round of shortlisting.
In November we got approval from the Parks Dept
to create a new wild flower bed. Work will commence on that in 2015. In
December we had a Christmas celebration at the garden to mark our third year.
Broadstone Community Garden Group
Secretary’s report for AGM 2014
2013 was another busy year for the group. Highlights
We held our first AGM in February. The existing committee
was re-elected with Brian Sweeney elected as our Chair.
In the spring we doubled the size of the garden with the
addition of several new raised beds. With the start of a long hot summer we set
up an irrigation system which was invaluable as the dry spell continued for
several months. With so much sunshine we managed to grow some unusual crops,
including sweetcorn and sweet pepper. We also tried a number of potato
varieties, including the historical Irish “lumper”.
We had a very successful garden party, including children’s
events, in July, with over 100 people in attendance, including local
Councillors and MEP Emer Costello and Joe Costello TD.
Unfortunately we had to disassemble the bench in the autumn
due to anti-social behaviour over the summer. The timber from the bench was
recycled to make planters. We were fortunate to get bark and plants from the
Granby Pop Up Park, which we put to good use in our own garden.
In late autumn we experimented successfully with growing
some “green manure” plants for the winter, including mustard.
In December we had a
mulled wine celebration to mark our second year. We had 65 people on our
mailing list at year’s end.
Broadstone Community Garden Group Secretary’s report for inaugural AGM 2013 2012 was a busy first year for the group. Highlights include: · In January we went through a very rapid set-up in order to meet the deadline for Dublin City Council’s Community Grant Scheme on Jan 30th. This involved setting up the committee, appointing a Treasurer and Secretary, drafting a Constitution, designing the garden and setting up a bank account. · In February we did a door to door mailshot in the area and organised a meeting of people interested. 35 people attended. · In March we briefed the local community forum on our garden and plans. · In April we dug out the grass, constructed the raised beds and started planting. · In May we constructed bark paths and designed a garden bench. · In June we were given a free water supply from our neighbour Broadstone Hall. · In July we set up a new website and blog. We finally got to paint the bench after a prolonged period of wet weather. · In August we dug our first potatoes. · In September we constructed a new raised bed and planted winter crops. · In October we continued harvesting vegetables and herbs. · In November we agreed on a new phase, which will double the size of the garden in 2013. We also completed a survey for spuds.ie on blight resistant potatoes grown in our garden. · In December we had a mulled wine celebration to mark our first year. We had 47 people on our mailing list at year’s end. Derek O’Reilly Club Secretary