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Growing closer ties in Clon

Wednesday, 25th April, 2018 4:55pm

The new TV series ‘Grow Cook Eat’ recently headed to Clonakilty to visit a community garden with a difference.

The Clonakilty Community Garden was created for and by residents of Ocean View which is a direct provision centre.

Presenter Karen O’Donohoe made the trip to Clonakilty to meet residents of the direct provision centre based there to hear the story behind the inception of the garden which was created with the help of local volunteer just beside the centre.

The garden was created from a greenfield site as part of a continuing collaboration between different community groups in the town.

The ethos behind the community garden is inclusiveness and community spirit as well as encouraging the learning of new skills. The programme also aims to provide residents with space and opportunity to grow fresh, healthy food for themselves and their families.

The garden has an orchard with apple and pear trees, raised vegetable and herb beds and a new community ‘geo dome’ which will play host to community events and also provide an environment that will allow vegetables to flourish in colder weather.

‘Grow Cook Eat’ is aimed at helping people with little or no knowledge of growing their own food. It airs each Wednesday evening at 7.30pm on RTE. The Clonakilty episode aired last night but should be available on the RTE player.

For further details, for veg growing guides and lots of extra recipes visit

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