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Dublin: Derelict site transformed into thriving community garden

The Mud Island community garden in Dublin. Before and after.

For 200 years up to the middle of the last century it was a locality of evil repute, “inhabited by a gang of smugglers, highwaymen, and desperadoes of every description”

By Brian Pelan
View Digital
November 17, 2015


Following a two-year campaign by residents and the development of a clear proposal and committee structure, a yearly license was eventually granted by the local council to Mud Island. Since then the site has been cleared and leveled, raised beds built for vegetables, fruit bushes and trees, a polytunnel and water harvesting system erected and flower garden and sitting area created.

The garden is farmed collectively and the produce shared. Membership is open to anyone in the area with a clear policy of social inclusion. The garden has close links with the Larkin Unemployed Centre’s horticultural course which shares the site, as well as with local schools and community organisations. They’ve been the recipient of several grants that helped to get them started, including the Community Growers Fund, Croke Park Community Fund, DCC and the Local Agenda 21 environmental partnership grant.

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