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Sensory gardens receive funding under €7.4m government scheme

175 community projects nationwide receive grants up to €50,000 to develop facilities in rural areas



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25 August 2022

A total of €50,000 has been allocated for the development of a Co. Donegal sensory garden. The garden – Gairdin na gCeadfai Na Croisbhealai – will have wheelchair access, outdoor tea and coffee making facilities, and a biogas stove fuelled by an anaerobic digestion.

The funding is being provided as part of the Irish government’s ‘Our Rural Future’ scheme. Under the €7.4 million scheme, 175 community projects nationwide will receive grants up to €50,000 to develop a wide and diverse range of community facilities in rural areas.

Other projects include:

  • Co. Donegal – An Machaire Le Cheile – The enhancement of an existing outdoor community play facility at Maghery with an emphasis on nature-based play associated soft landscaping for the community and the visitors they welcome – €50,000
  • Co. Kerry – Currow Rural Development – A landscaped garden with paths suitable for wheelchair users and people with mobility issues – €48,544
  • Co. Laois – Gaelscoil Shlí Dála – Construction of sensory play garden – €50,000
  • Co. Laois – Laois Nore Way Committee – Installation of Kilbricken Sensory Picnic Garden – €26,100
  • Co. Leitrim – Kinlough Community Garden – Extension of existing community garden providing a new polytunnel and new raised beds and upgrade of existing raised beds – €11,112
  • Co. Limerick – Templeglantine GAA & camogie Club – Development of artificial playing surface for all year-round use/Ball Wall upgrade – €9,788
  • Co. Longford – Lenamore National School – Specialist sensory garden with musical play equipment for use by the whole community – €24,689
  • Co. Longford – Sacred Heart Primary School – Outdoor covered area, benches, raised beds for use by the whole community – €33,300

To view the full list of successful Measure 1 projects, click here.

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