Our Community Garden
GAP’s Green Living & Sustainability Community Garden (GLAS) brings people of all ages and abilities together. The garden is a great place for those who want to help produce organic food, and for everyone who simply wants to enjoy the outdoors.
The garden has been serving the wider community since 2011. Not only do we provide this space for the local Ballymun community to access, we use it actively as a space of learning and social inclusion. It is used on a weekly basis by a diverse range of groups of all ages and abilities including St. Michael’s House, Saol Clubhouse, the Central Remedial Clinic, Ballark Youth Training and Young Ballymun. GLAS is also a Discover Primary Science Centre.
We run workshops on issues such as ‘the Power of Growing Your Own’, Organic Composting, ‘Know your Soil’, Water Management, Water Harvesting and Waste Management. We also run youth gardening workshops and we support community groups that want to start their own organic community garden.
In addition, we have partnered with groups such as Young Ballymun, through our Nature Explorer programme, to provide access to the community garden as a space of learning and exploration for disadvantaged families, children and parents in emergency accommodation in Ballymun.
The garden includes a polytunnel, fairy garden, a large number of micro habitats, including a pond, composting systems, a grow dome and a rainwater harvesting system made from recycled plastic bottles. We don’t use any pesticides on our crops, to ensure that our produce is chemical free and organic.
Volunteer with us
We welcome volunteers to the garden. Volunteering in our community garden gives you the opportunity to learn new skills in organic gardening, or simply to help out with the many jobs that are needed to maintain the garden, so that we can continue to support disadvantaged communities that use the garden on a weekly basis.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, simply drop down and talk with our community gardener, Sharon. Or else contact us by phone or email. We greatly value groups from businesses who are looking to engage with community groups to support their own Corporate Social Responsibility plans.
We need your help!
You can support this vital support for disadvantage people in our community by making a financial donation. Click here to donate on our website, or find us on sites such as Benevity, Paypal or Amplify.
We would also love it if you could host a Facebook Fundraiser for us.
Our work is made possible through co-funding from Dublin City Council and the Ballymun Social Regeneration Fund.