By Dan Walsh
Tombrack Community Garden is one of the jewels in the crown when it comes to community spirit and environmental biodiversity and as the Spring brings higher temperatures and an acceleration of growth the place comes alive.
The garden has many features including twenty plots that are let to interested parties for a small annual fee and transformed into a haven for potatoes and other vegetables of their choice.
There is an excellent water feature and quiet clearly the garden is a work in progress but the enthusiasm and pride in the development is magic.
Denis Moynihan, Chairman, said the project is located at the rear of Tombrack National School on a productive piece of land, 1.3 acres in size, generously donated by local farmer and journalist Pat O’Toole, whose family have been farming at Tombrack for generations.
Mr Moynihan said the idea originated locally after some developments in the grounds of the school for the children and with the aid of some grant funding from Wexford Local Development the seeds were first sown in 2019.
The natural organic facility is available to all members of the community and on Fridays the children leave their uniforms at home and slip into the affectionately described ‘dirty clothes’ and spend much time playing their role in developing the garden and learning about nature in their own environment.
Mr Moynihan added that Sean Lacey was a major factor in the development process of garden and he commended Mrs Gahan, a teacher at Tombrack School since January, who is supportive to introducing children to biodiversity and the development of the garden.
A comprehensive report from Tombrack Community Garden featuring interviews with Denis Moynihan, Lily Ralp and Margaret Kelly can be heard on Mid Week Voices, 8pm on South East Radio on Wednesday.