An Gáirdin Beo, is being developed as a Living Community Garden by an incredibly dedicated group of volunteers.  Since Autumn 2014 when the Sisters of Mercy from St Leo’s Convent made the land available,  huge work has been done to gradually transform the space into a haven of natural peace in the center of town. The SICAP team have assisted this work of transformation, and have supported some events which took place there, most notably the Celebration of Cultures.

In the past few weeks a number of groups have come together to construct a cob oven, which will be used for community events in the Garden. Participants from the La Nua Special CE Scheme along with students from the Carlow College Citizenship and Community Programme started the planning work for the oven which will be a lovely addition to the garden and a focal point for community gatherings. Led by tutor and An Gairdin Beo group member Eilish Langton (NCAD) the group got a off to a great start and aim to have the project completed before summer.

This is a lovely example of a collaborative work between a special CE scheme, a Community Group and an educational institution and brings benefits to all groups. Persons in recovery are one group which are furthest away from the Labour Market and thus require the further support which the SICAP programme is set up for.  We will keep you updated as the work progresses.

If you are a group who has a similar idea which would benefit or enhance your community, please get in touch with us through the Contact page.