Residents living in the Hillview Drive and Batt Donegan area of Charleville, Co. Cork take part in a weekly gardening project.

This is jointly facilitated by Ballyhoura Development and Cork Education and Training Board with supports from the North Cork Rural Community Health project.

Members of the Community Gardening Club meet weekly facilitated by North Cork Rural Community Health worker Jacki Hehir and Paul Flynn from Cork Education and Training board. The group have worked on raised beds in the community centre in Hillview Drive as well as the green house in Charleville College of Further Education and Training.

The group have grown sunflowers, swiss chard and herbs as well as planted floral and edible window boxes including fresh strawberries to enjoy.
The social aspect to this group is very important and the cup of tea is central to the weekly meetings. It is a space for the group to make new connections in the community, learn new skills and support their own wellbeing while connecting with nature and the environment.

The North Cork Rural Community Healthcare project works across the rural areas of North Cork and is a collaboration between the HSEBallyhoura DevelopmentIRD Duhallow and Avondhu Blackwater.

To find out more contact the Ballyhoura Development Rural Community Healthcare worker Jacki Hehir at [email protected].