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Garden Makeover Bonanza

Monday, 23 April 2007


Today you decide which of these three deserving plots of land will receive our Good Cause Garden Makeover.

On the 22nd March 2007, The Afternoon Show gardener Eugene Higgins began his search for a plot of land to be transformed for the good of the neighbouring community. The good cause garden makeover aims to transform a piece of unused ground into an Eden for all living in the vicinity to benefit.It could be a piece of waste ground in an estate, or grounds beside a school, nursing home or hospital. Eugene and his team will, over several weeks, transform waste barren land into a rural idyll. And viewers of the Afternoon Show will watch the transformation unfold, with a grand garden opening in May.

GARDEN A - Fairy Fort in Dundalk, Co. Louth
The principal of Scoil Naisiunta Bhride in Faughart, Dundalk, Co. Louth submitted this entry. They have a plot of land adjacent to their school grounds. It is owned by the parish but not used. There is a fairy fort on the plot and they would love to see Eugene Higgins and his team landscape the site and have the fairy fort exposed and open to the public and the children of the school as it is of educational and historical significance. The school will be building a car park to allow visitors to the fort and landscaped garden safe parking.

Faughart is steeped in history and folklore: It is the birth place of St. Brigid and the site of St. Brigid's Shrine; Edward the Bruce is buried in the old graveyard; there is also a hermitage in the area. The Community feels that a fairy fort on a landscaped site would add further to the whole sense of pride in their history. It would also be visually attractive and would be viewed by passers by who might just be tempted to stop and take a look.

GARDEN B - Carrigoran House in Ennis, Co. Clare
All of the rooms in Carrigoran House look out onto the internal garden. However, a view is the most that the patients can enjoy, as the garden was not built with the elderly in mind. It is deemed unfit for them to go outside unless strictly supervised as there is an unsafe water feature, dangerous steps and paths. There has recently been an introduction of animals into the garden including peacocks, guinea fowl and an increasing population of rabbits.

There is no doubt that the restoration and enhancement of the garden would not only have far reaching benefits for the elderly, dementia and Alzheimer sufferers but also to the families and friends who visit Carrigoran.

GARDEN C - St. Brendan's Boys School in Birr, Co. Offaly
St. Brendan's Boys Primary School is an all boys school in Birr, Co. Offaly. It was founded by the Presentation Brothers in 1878 and was managed by the brothers until 1999. The brothers also owned an adjacent house and garden and when they left that in the late '90s they handed over a patch of their garden as a gift to the school.

St. Brendan's is classed a disadvantaged school. There are 211 pupils attending the school. As well as having mainstream classes, it has a special needs class, a dedicated traveller class and has a number of foreign nationals attending the school. The Parents Association has been trying to raise funds to turn this wasteland into an area that will give the children of the school a place to learn and play in. The garden has 4 high walls already. They would love to put in raised beds for each of the classes, introduce sensory plants and attract wildlife.

This would not only benefit the children attending the school but also the future generations of boys that come along. They would love to give the children a haven where they can learn in a more hands-on-approach to nature. St. Brendan's has already been awarded a green flag by Taisce and it would be very much in keeping with this.

To Vote

Garden A is in Faughart, Co. Louth. If this plot gets your vote for our good cause garden makeover, simply text Garden A to 53555.

Garden B is in New-Market-On-Fergus, Co. Clare. If you want us to give this plot a makeover, text Garden B, to 53555

Garden C is in St. Brendan's Boys Primary School in Birr, Co. Offaly. If this plot gets your vote for a good cause makeover, simply text Garden C, to 53555

You may also vote by telephone. Just call 1512 71 70 71 and follow the instructions.
Viewers in Northern Ireland can call 0901 762 0005

Lines open at 3pm and close at 4.30pm today

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