The three finalists for the Energia Get Ireland Growing Today Show Prize have been chosen from so many amazing projects. Voting is now closed but you can still watch the finalists' videos below. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter accounts (both @EnergiaGIG) to see who gets that €5,000.
Bridgefoot Street Community Garden;
In the heart of Dublin's Liberties, Bridgefoot Community Street Garden supports those with addiction issues, mental health problems and suffering from homelessness. The allotments are home to a GIY group and a men’s shed. They run workshops with local and national businesses, are taking part in the All Ireland Pollinator Plan and grow a range of foods in raised beds, an upcyled polytunnel and vertical growing structures. They have always been self-sufficient and through upcycling and seed-saving have managed to run the garden very well. The extra funding will allow them to deliver training and food growing workshops, upgrade their polytunnel, buy new seeds and tools, including a wind turbine, and upskill in areas like leadership, facilitation and management.
L'Arche Belfast’s Gardening Project – Greenbuds, Beautifying the Neighbourhood
A group of people, including those with learning difficulties and disabilities, united by their desire to work hard, and spread nature from the allotment into the city. They aim to create inclusive spaces that break down barriers and misconceptions around people with learning disabilities, empowering them to share their skills and their gifts. If successful they will use the funding to create a kitchen garden at St. John's Church, a courtyard garden in their new house, and transform a run-down alley into a bee-friendly mini-green space. To complete the project they will run weekly sessions led by a facilitator, purchase materials, tools and equipment: Seeds, planters, lumber for raised beds/planters, hardware, compost and a storage shed.
Edible Landscape - Forest Garden extension at the Quay Community Centre, Westport
An education and training initiative based in Westport in Co. Mayo focused on teaching food security and empowering local growers to grow in climate smart ways. They teach local groups how we can all help fight global climate change by better managing our local food security. They have developed a series of workshops using a sustainable land management system called ‘forest gardening’ to achieve this. If successful they intend to double the size of the current forest garden and purchase materials like plants, topsoil, compost, barkmulch and stakes This will allow them to create a centre of excellence and increase the number of food security workshops held at the site, empowering more groups to use sustainable, climate-smart techniques.