Spring Celebration: The Intergenerational Garden in Blackrock, County Louth

April 15, 2012

A new intergenerational garden in Blackrock, County Louth was planted to celebrate the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations. Blackrock Tidy Towns hosted a creative afternoon of family activities at Blackrock Playground which offered children the opportunity to plant a traditional flower garden, hear stories, poems and music, and make Spring kites and greeting cards. Designed by members of Blackrock Tidy Towns, the new cottage garden will create a colourful habitat for bees and butterflies. Traditional cottage garden flowers offer a rich supply of pollen and nectar, creating vital ecosystems for beneficial insects. The intergenerational garden is an interactive garden, a collaboration of many ages working together. It is a place where adults and children can create a growing relationship together.

The intergenerational garden is part of a series of gardens being created in County Louth under the heading – Growing Through the Ages. This project is supported by Louth County Council Environment Section and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Its purpose is to promote intergenerational community gardens designed  and planted by children and their elders. These gardens highlight County Louth’s role as an Age Friendly County within Ireland. Growing Through the Ages supports active ageing and community leadership by linking the valuable experience of older people with the ideas and aspirations of children.

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