The South West Wexford Family Resource Centre (SWWFRC) saw a growing interest in community gardens during Covid-19 and decided to start their own Community Herb Garden.
It is widely known that gardening has great physical and mental health benefits and a community garden can provide social cohesion; it is a recognized form of ‘green therapy’ and increasingly the subject of ‘social prescribing’ by GPs and support organizations. It is also an excellent way to lower anxiety and stress levels, particularly now at a time of uncertainty, SWWFRC’s Sheila Ward said.
The group also traveled to Shanbally House and got an insight into herbs that will be cultivated and grown on a wider scale to produce herbal tinctures.
“The herb garden compliments the sustainable work of the Family Resource Centre as it will also attract bees alongside the other beds and flora on the grounds. The center already composts and uses rain barrels, recycles materials, and old fencing are also repurposed to build plant beds.”
The center also boasts a tunnel where the horticultural group meets once a week to grow vegetables, flowers, and plants that are then shared with the Community.
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