Willow Hedge Making Workshop

12 noon, on Saturday 26th February 2011
Community Garden at Great Western Villas, Phibsborough, Dublin 7.

A living willow fence will be planted around the perimeter of the Great Western Square and District Community Garden site, which is located at the end of Great Western Villas. As well as providing a natural fence with leaves and foliage in summer, the planting of this willow fence by the Hedge Laying Association of Ireland will provide a workshop for residents and the unemployed. This one day workshop will explain hedge planting and its history, willow usage and its ecology, and a more general introduction to ecological gardening and biodiversity.

Community Garden volunteer, Robert Moss, points out that "for people to show consideration for the environment, they also need to be empowered to contribute meaningfully towards its management and upkeep".

It is hoped that this workshop, as well as providing a fun and informative day out with refreshments and music, will also attract greater awareness of the community garden. Volunteer help is always welcome from the surrounding community, and particularly from those who are currently unemployed.

The Great Western Square and District Community Garden exists to provide a garden amenity within Phibsborough, centred at Great Western Villas. The core aims of the community garden project are to provide a garden resource available to all members of the community, a green waste composting facility, an amenity for social development, an amenity for environmental education and the promotion of biodiversity. The project also seeks to increase the pride of place within the neighbourhood, and to improve the appearance of the garden, and surrounding streets and green spaces.

Further details about the progress of this community garden project can be found at: