St. Mary's Parish Church, Howth, Anglican and Church of Ireland
Anyone coming through the gates of the church cannot help but notice how well the new grass on the right hand side is growing. It was with regret that the long bed Mary Downes had designed and planted over 30 years ago had to be abandoned. It could not be maintained last year while the roof work was being carried out and had completely overgrown as a result. The decision was made to grass it in as it would have been be too much work for the small group of gardeners to clear and maintain. Earlier in the summer, before the work began preparing the ground for the grass seed, some of the smaller plants in the bed were dug up and are being 'minded' and will be replanted in the autumn. Congratulations to the 'watering group' who kept the seed well watered until the hosepipe ban was introduced. The lovely grass we see now is as a result of a lot of work.
Elsewhere in the grounds work parties meet regularly and continue to maintain the garden. The most recent was in the middle of August when the group worked hard weeding, dead heading and clearing around the tablets. Please remember that cut flowers only should be placed on the tablets. We'll meet again sometime in September or October to prepare the garden for winter.
These work parties take place about five times a year and only last for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning with a break at half-time for a cuppa and chat. We'd always welcome new faces and stress that no gardening experience is necessary. So why not come along to the next one and see how you get on?
A few times a year we throw on our wellies, grab our secateurs and meet on a Saturday to tend to our lovely Garden of Remembrance, and the rest of the grounds around our Church. We are a pretty friendly bunch and hope to see you at our next clean-up.