Westmeath Community Development in association with SOLAS and Westmeath County Council provides some of the best facilities for students to practice horticultural excellence in the beautiful setting of Belvedere House, Gardens & Park.
Level 5 Horticulture Students: Back Row (L-R) Ross Sweeney. George Smyth, Sean Mullen, Martina Scally, Rimantas Plauska, Ger Pegman, Darren Lynch, Gareth Robinson, Bill Nally, Vincent McLaughlin, Adam Lawton Front Row (L-R) John Bastic, Gerry Kelly, Anne-Marie Fleming, Martin Duggan
Last year saw the students appeared in Dermot O’Neill’s Secret Garden, when they worked alongside the celebrity garden expert.
This year the student’s focus has been geared to developing parts of the Belvedere estate, most notably the Victorian Walled Garden and the landscaping of some of the banked areas towards the main entrance.
They have also engaged in the creation of a seed bank just like that at Kew Gardens in the UK. Seeds collected from mother stock all over the estate have been stored using methods which mimic nature’s dormancy. Each species has a unique set of instructions which requires logging and labelling for scientific purposes. The idea behind this is to create enough stock to replace the trees and shrubs of this great estate.
The Department of Social Protection website carries information on available positions - full time, part time and work placement opportunities. On the 18th March 22 new full time and part time positions were advertised on the site, along with vacancies for employment programme such as Community Employment, Jobsbridge and TÚS.
In Westmeath and the surrounding counties there were 53 full time and part time positions advertised in the last week, along with 94 employment programme positions.
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“Grants of up to €7,500 are available to organisations working towards supporting older peoples’ engagement in advocacy.
The Community Foundation for Ireland, one of the country’s leading philanthropic organisations, is responding to the flooding that is devastating communities across Ireland by launching an Emergency Flood Relief Fund of €100,000. The fund has been established to relieve the hardship being experienced by local communities following widespread flooding from high tides and gale force winds in recent weeks. The priority of the funding is to support community and voluntary groups assisting in the relief effort in easing the immediate difficulties communities are facing and to support their recovery over the coming weeks and months. Applications are invited to the Fund from community and voluntary groups from February 10th. The average grant being made available is €1,000. Grants of up to €5,000 may be awarded to those who are experiencing exceptional circumstances.
Commenting on the fund that is available to groups with immediate effect, Tina Roche, CEO, The Community Foundation for Ireland said:
“The Community Foundation for Ireland has worked closely with community and voluntary groups across the county to determine the needs of the communities devastated by the flooding. The response within the communities themselves has been magnificent but there is only so much they can do. Therefore we have established this Fund from philanthropic donations to assist community and voluntary groups in the initial relief process and also in getting these communities back on their feet over the coming weeks and months.”
Community and voluntary groups seeking financial assistance to aid in the flood relief, please contact the Community Foundation for Ireland for further information on +353 (0)1 8747354. Application forms and guidelines for the Emergency Flood Relief Fund can be found on our website grants section.
For more information and to apply, please Go to: http://www.foundation.ie/our-grants/flood-relief-fund-2014