Offaly projects awarded grants under the Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund
A number of Offaly projects are to receive grants under the Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund.
The Growery in Birr is a social third space in the context of food health sustainability regeneration and wellbeing. They run a variety of partnership-projects with local, national, and non-national organisations while affording the community of Birr a social amenity that promotes education, relaxation, wellbeing, and climate resilience.
The whole community benefits from this project; including a local schools permaculture garden, welcoming members of the Community Mental Health Centre weekly, work placements and site-specific project consultation, school groups visit and they recently established another garden in the adjacent village and raised funds for the Tidy Towns polytunnel to grow flowers.
In Offaly, a GIY and Energia Get Ireland Growing funding award goes to Firceall Grow Group.
“This grant willl be used to help get our grow group off the ground. Our group is made up of students in an ASD class and their SNAs and teachers. It is anticipated that we will start in the Spring and that in the next school year, the group would complete the 'Grow It, Cook It, Eat It' short course for their Junior Cycle," they said.
"This project will impact on our students, as it will provide a much-needed break from the classroom, is educational as well as sensory boosting. It will allow the students to make their own crops, which they can then use in our kitchen to create lunches etc. from. It will show them that they can in fact GIY!”