The residents of the Ard Ross estate have had their work cut out for them over the last number of months as they activated their plans to take part in the grow in our community project. The project aims to tackle anti-social behaviour and lack of activities for the young people on the social housing estate by fostering a sense of belonging and community among the younger residents. Answering the call the young people came together with the residents to help fundraise for a polytunnel in which the community could learn how to plant and grow vegetables while taking an active role in building their own community from within.
The polytunnel is now fully installed and operational in its first season of growth and the project so far looks to have been a resounding success for the Ard Ross residents and surrounding members of the community. The community development officer from the North Tipperary Leader Partnership had worked with the group on a first hand basis and managed to develop an excellent working relationship to achieve the goals set out at the end of 2016.
Speaking to members of the group we also learned that there is an opportunity for the wider community to benefit from the project in that every Tuesday at 10am there is a class available in horticulture at the Ard Ross polytunnel. This creates a direct link to members of the wider community of estates who may wish to come down and see first- hand what working together in a community can develop into.
For now The Finest would like to congratulate the Ard Ross residents for seeing their idea come to fruition after much hard work within their community.