Nenagh Community Wellness Garden crowned a great year by winning the county prize for Tipperary in the SPAR Helping Hand Community Fund. Olympic hero Katie Taylor presented the cheque of €1,000 to Gerry Coffey and Denis O’Gorman, representing the garden, at the awards ceremony in Dublin.
Gerry and Denis were delighted to accept the prize of behalf of the Wellness Garden at Cudville and thanked SPAR for their generosity and all who voted for them.
Mr Coffey said that the win crowned a great year in the garden, giving the wonderful summer, which allowed for an abundance of vegetables to be grown.
This year saw picnics in June and in September attended by over 100 people and saw over €200 being contributed by way a raffle at the September picnic.
Everyone in the garden would like to thank the Omna singers, Nenagh Brass Band and all the singers and entertainers who provided such wonderful occasions, but also a big thank you to all participants who along with their families contributed to all occasions, he said.
Mr Coffey als thanked all those who contributed to their first street collection , which raised €945. The funds gathered over the year will now allow the garden to pay off outstanding bills.
Meanwhile, he revealed that a dry stone wall will be developed in the garden next year, along with a gazebo, with funding from North Tipperary LEADER Partnership and a major voluntary input under the guidance of Philip Quinn from Holycross.
Anyone interested in voluntary work in the garden is invited to come along any Saturday morning.
The Nenagh Community Wellness garden was created as an oasis to escape the problems of the world. Set on a third of an acre site, it is a space where people can grow fruit and vegetables, or just sit back and enjoy the fresh air.
The garden was opened by President Michael D Higgins in 2012.