Knocknaheeny Hollyhill Community Garden is a public amenity and resource for both the local neighbourhood and the wider community. Managed by NICHE, the focus is on growing – using organic methods – then cooking and eating fresh, seasonal produce.
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY FRIDAY 11am – 4pm
Located on Hollyville Estate, Cork (off Harbourview Road, behind Discount Fuels)
There are so many ways to get involved in the garden. You don’t have to live in the area – everyone is welcome.
Individuals can come along any time during our opening hours. Please note that children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. We also welcome groups from schools, colleges and communities. Please call first to discuss your requirements, to check if we can accommodate you and to book.
Look out for flyers for special events, and for our summer programme & Winter Garden art project. Check out our facebook page for updates and activities. If you have any questions or would like more information call or email the co-ordinator – Charlotte Donovan – details below.
Garden: 086 772 6101
Niche: 021 430 0135
Facebook: click here
Our Community Gardener, experienced horticulturist Triona Murphy, is available to give growing advice, encouragement and support. The garden has a polytunnel as well as lots of outdoor beds. There is also a building onsite with indoor community space – perfect for rainy days.
Volunteers can share the produce from the garden and an affordable vegetable box scheme is available to local residents.
The Community Kitchen enables produce from the garden to go directly to the plate or the jar. It is ideal for cooking workshops and demonstrations and is a lively social hub for volunteers.
The Studio – with artist-in-residence Amy Russell – is a large room, mainly used for creative workshops and activities. However it also hosts yoga, music & relaxation sessions as well as herbalist and nutrition workshops, and is available as a meeting space.
The ethos of the Community Garden is inclusive and holistic. Eating more fresh, locally grown food benefits both individual health and global ecology. Being connected to and involved with growing and food production is educational and enhances wellbeing.
Our vision for the garden embraces further factors in seeking to create and support a healthy community. Social, relaxing, nurturing, creative, collaborative and enterprise opportunities seek to ensure that the garden can provide a place for people to enjoy, develop and celebrate with pride.
There are many opportunities to learn more ways to cook delicious food with produce from the garden. Seasonal workshops focus on healthy, low cost recipes and making jams, chutneys, pickles and cordials.
There is such a thing as a free lunch… if you come along and volunteer to do some work in the garden, we will feed you! Daily fresh (vegetarian) food made with garden grown ingredients. In the summer, look out for social and family fun events where food is always the focus – making use of our outdoor cob pizza oven and barbeque.
Everyone is welcome just to relax and enjoy the garden – the kettle is always on. On sunny days sit outside, enjoy the views and see who might turn up for a chat… on rainy days the kitchen is nice and cosy. Seasonal events bring the community together to celebrate.
Planting & Growing
There is always work to be done in the garden – whatever the season. Volunteers with all levels of experience are welcome, with support provided as required. Gardeners are welcome to share their expertise with others. Seasonal workshops include hanging baskets, composting and crop rotation as well as tips and techniques.
There are lots of jobs around the garden for which you don’t need green fingers! We are always looking for handy men or women who might like to get involved in creative building and fixing…
Gardens have always been places which have inspired artists. Discover your own creativity with lots of art projects and workshops throughout the year. Learn to print on our printing press, make bird boxes, take photographs, write poetry, or draw & paint.