Community Garden Project – Fermoy Community Resource Centre
The development of the community garden was a partnership between the Fermoy Community Health Project and the Fermoy Community Resource Centre. Planning commenced in March 2015 in relation to phase 1 of the project. This involved clearing the tress and overgrown shrubbery in the front and rear gardens, this work was completed in May 2015 courtesy of Liam Barry & Staff, BH Tree Services and Brendan Buckley and staff of Green Way Landscaping Ltd. Phase 2 of the project involved the repair work to the archway and stone walls which would provide the backdrop to the new community garden and plastering of the boundary walls in the front courtyard. In August 2016, phase 3 was completed and April 2019 saw the installation of the water feature which completed the transformation in the front courtyard of the Resource Centre.
We were delighted to officially launch the community garden on the 2nd July 2019 as part of Fermoy Community Resource Centre 30th anniversary celebrations.
The garden really is a a beautiful green space in the town centre; which has also come to the attention of others and we are delighted to be in receipt of two awards; the first from Muintir Na Tire Pride in our Community and the second from the Fermoy Tidy Town committee.
The newly refurbished courtyard is being widely used by those working at and visiting the Resource Centre, as well as members of the general public who like to admire the planting and sit on the benches for a catch up with friends. The Resource Centre building and surrounding grounds were designated a smoke free area in January 2018. During the summer of 2019 we hosted lunchtime Chair Yoga sessions in the front courtyard.
Our long term vision remains to develop a community garden growing space in the grounds of the Resource Centre; this will be a place where people can meet and learn to sow and plant a variety of vegetables, flowers and fruits. This community garden group will be open to anyone with an interest in gardening.
We aim to encourage interaction between the younger and older members of the community and hope the area can be used for play, learning, meeting, and socializing, as well as gardening. It is an important means of sustaining critical social networks between the Fermoy Community Resource Centre and other community groups within the locality.
Community gardens make a massive contribution to community development and quality of life and exposure to ‘green spaces’ or areas of ‘nature’ have a proven positive effect on mental and physical health and well-being.
‘Lights of Love’ remembrance tree event – Christmas 2018
Where there’s Light, there’s hope’
This has become a firm fixture in the annual calendar of the Christmas season. Christmas is a time to celebrate our blessings with family and friends, and also serves as a time to join together with them in remembering friends and loved ones who are sadly no longer with us. Fermoy Community Health Project in association with the Fermoy Community Resource Centre and the Fermoy Committee of Cork Mental Health invites you to use the ‘Lights of Love’ tree to remember your loved ones this Christmas.
The remembrance tree is located at the beautiful new courtyard of the Fermoy Community Garden in the grounds of Fermoy Community Resource Centre on McCurtain Street.
The ‘Lights of Love’ tree will be lit at a special community event in the Community Garden on first Sunday in December at 5pm.
All are welcome to attend the event, at which you may, if you wish, sponsor a light to remember your loved one by making a €5 donation. For your donation, you will receive a unique ‘Lights of Love’ Christmas remembrance card for each light sponsored, and you can also make a named dedication which will be placed in our special memory frame.
All proceeds will go directly towards the fund for the completion of the Community Garden which is already being widely enjoyed by both young and not so young alike.
Refreshments will be served on the night to compliment the music and reflection. We hope the event will provide a warm space during the festive season to cherish the memories of our loved ones as the lights continually shine over the Christmas season and into the New Year.
If you would like more details on the event please contact Jacinta McCormack, Community Health Worker on 085 8742320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org