The new geodesic dome at Clonakilty Community Garden was officially opened by Joy Larkcom, inspirational vegetable grower, writer and supporter of the project, on Friday, September 22.
Clonakilty Community Garden originated as a resource for asylum seekers living in Clonakilty, providing a space for growing their food and somewhere they could experience fulfilling work and integration. In addition to providing improved nutrition and physical activity, the garden has major mental health benefits.
With the wider community rallying around the project, it is evolving as a Community Sustainable Innovation Hub for various education and demonstration initiatives ranging from gardening to sustainable energy to biodiversity.
It will provide an open space to the many community groups already established in Clonakilty to co-design and create innovative solutions to our community’s sustainable development challenges.
On Friday afternoon there were a number of informative talks at the dome, ranging from vegetable growing to how to build your very own dome using bicycle wheels.
That evening, as part of Culture Night celebrations, Clonakilty Friends of Asylum Seekers, Clonakilty Community Art Centre and members of the public gathered together in the new dome for an immersive evening of culture and entertainment.
The development of the Community Sustainable Innovation Hub is a collaboration between GIY Clonakilty, Clonakilty Friends of Asylum Seekers, the residents of the Direct Provision Centre, the Lyons Club, the Tidy Town committee, Permaculture Clonakilty, Sustainable Clonakilty and the Cope Foundation.