Pearse College Allotments

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Pearse College and the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee have developed some of its land to set up allotments.

The piece of land in question has been used for educational purposes for over 40 years and the development of these allotments in the first instance is a direct result of the interest and needs of the courses within the Environment Department in Pearse College:

• Amenity Horticulture
• Organic Gardening
• Architectural Draughting
• Computer Aided Design
• Sustainable Construction Technologies
• Landscape Design
• Sustainable Landscapes

In conjunction with Dublin City Council and local community groups, Pearse College drew up a plan that would meet the needs of the local community as well as our own.
There are 127 individual plots, each measuring 80M². 10 of the plots are retained by Pearse College for the use of its own students and those of other CDVEC colleges, and the remaining 117 are leased to local people. We also have 5 wheelchair accessible raised beds which have been made available to local groups working with people with disabilities and special needs.

The plot holders are for the most part local residents drawn from the Dublin City Council, Crumlin and Drimnagh Allotment waiting lists.This area of Dublin has a long tradition of allotments and in recent times the number of people wanting them far exceeds the amount available.An important aspect of allotments is the development of a community. Many of the plots have been taken up by families and groups of friends.  Therefore the Pearse College Allotment community is made up of between 132 and 250 individuals.
Plot holders and their families spend weekends, evenings and sometimes weekdays on their plots. People help out neighbours, more experienced growers have advice and tips for beginners, and people gather to chat when taking a break from their work.

We provide a number of free facilities and resources to the plot holders:

  • Water from our own well, powered by a wind turbine, with 12 taps spread throughout the site
  • Horse manure
  • Bark
  • Communal compost bay
  • Communal storage –brightened up by the pop-art pictures of famous Crumlin faces
  • Access to shower and toilets
  • Communal herb beds
  • An orchard, planted with fruit trees and shrubs.
  • A common area consisting of a BBQ area, seating, lawn and flowerbeds

We have begun work on a wildlife corridor, with native trees and shrubs and bee hives. With a local Scout group, we are also developing a safe play area in the centre of the site for small children.

Pearse College runs courses “Getting the most from your allotment” for plot holders on Saturdays, which lead to a FETAC level 4 award in Horticulture.

The Allotment Committee produce a quarterly newsletter which gives hints and tips.

Plot Holders operate a tool share system. They also swap seeds and seedlings.

A website has been set up, where plotholders can upload photos, recipes and advice.
There is a waiting list for any plots that might become available. Contact us to add your name to the list. The annual fee for a 80m² plot is €200.                                                       

Where: Clogher Rd, Crumlin, Dublin 12.

Contacts:

Jacqueline Nunan 01 4536661 Jacqueline.Nunan@pearse.cdvec.ie
Fiona McCauley 01 4536661
Willie Brennan 087 9583797 brennan015@gmail.com

 


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