By Dan Walsh
Community growing provides a range of health benefits including physical activity, mental wellbeing, and social connection. The ‘Seeds to Success’ series is an online ‘seed share’ of knowledge and learned experience from six growing communities of diverse types and stages of development across County Wexford.
The hope is sharing these growing experiences will inspire other Wexford communities to get digging, planting and producing in their own locality.
Community Growing projects featured in the series are Castlebridge Community Garden, Askamore Community Garden, New Ross Allotments, Blackwater Tidy Towns, Grantstown Priory and ARC Family Resource Centre Community Gardens.
Speaking of the initiative Cllr John Hegarty, Chair of the Healthy County Committee said; “I would encourage communities everywhere to watch this series. It is inspirational to see not only the work and effort of communities but the obvious health benefits that community growing provides to participants. Wexford’s Healthy County Committee are delighted to been able to facilitate the development of this demonstrative series.”
Commenting on the rollout of the online videos over the coming season, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach, of Wexford County Council added; “The variety in the series is amazing, showing how community growing can be of benefit for all ages. The mix of more established gardens and newer developments provides both aspiration and realism and I can see the series being of benefit to communities’
The ‘Seeds to Success’ series visits newly established gardens and ones that have been around awhile. It looks at the diverse types of community growing and gives a chance to meet some of the growers themselves and find out what they get out of the growing experience. Just as they seed-share in the gardens, these growers share their knowledge and experience with us; giving tips for others who are interested in developing community growing.
The series premieres online at 8pm on Thursday 27th January via Healthy Wexford YouTube and on Healthy Wexford Facebook page. Running for six weeks, one episode published per week, releasing at 8pm each Thursday evening. View our series promo online from this week by searching Healthy Wexford Seeds to Success or visiting our Healthy Wexford social media.