Mud Island Community Garden Group has been meeting since September 2009. We signed a license agreement with Dublin City Council in October 2011 and have permission to build a community garden on part of the derelict site at Newcomen Court, North Strand, Dublin 3. Since then the site has been cleared, raised beds built and recreational areas created, including one with a pizza oven and BBQ!
The garden has received grants from An Taisce’s Green Communities, Croke Park Community Fund, Community Growers Fund and Agenda 21.
The garden plays a recreational and educational role in the local community, has acted as a catalyst for community development and has stimulated social interaction between different generations and cultures. We hold regular functions throughout the year including an open day every June.
Membership is open to anyone living in the North Strand/Ballybough area. The garden is farmed collectively and the produce shared. New members are always welcome.
Members of Dublin Community Growers and the all-Ireland Community Garden Network, Mud Island has won several prizes in neighbourhood competitions run by DCC, including best community garden/allotment and best environmental initiative, and was nominated for the national Pride of Place competition in 2017. They've recently begun 'greening the local community' by installing planters in rubbish dumping hot spots and were recipients of Dublin Bus's community spirit award for this initiative.