An Autumn festival

by Rose Barrett
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The community of Powerstown allotments celebrated the change in seasons as Mayor of Fingal Cllr Howard O’Mahony opened the Autumn festival, which focused on getting the most out of your garden.

Fresh produce, home-made chutneys, jams, vegetables and fruits were all on display while Michelle Phillips from Diversion Green gave a workshop on composting and mulching, encouraging us all to re-use and benefit from garden waste.

Powerstown includes a fruit orchard which sustains an on-site bee sanctuary, a Commemorative 1916 Garden and a purposely-designed communal polytunnel, along with a picnic area and BBQ. The allotments further provide valuable sustenance to buzzards, eagles, long eared owls, foxes, frogs, newts, rabbits, pheasants, and red squirrels.

The allotment site which was opened in 2012 caters for almost 180 plots which are managed by up to 550 adults and children. The facility also supports social integration within the community, sometimes it’s a family managing a plot or a group of people running the plot together.

The committee maintains grass cutting and waste management with Powerstown being the only council allotment site available for use within the D15 community, one of the fastest growing populations within the European Community.

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