The Carlow Garden Trail is delighted to welcome an Gairdín Beo as an affiliate member of the Carlow Garden Trail. The Carlow Garden Trail attaches great importance to community-led green spaces and the vital roles they play in supporting biodiversity, protecting the environment and promoting both the health of the planet and human wellbeing and so while not a conventional garden, the inclusion of An Gairdín Beo reflects the progressive attitudes to gardening in County Carlow. This community-created green space represents an important expression of a wider interest in environmentalism, something that is also of key concern to the modern gardener.
An Gairdín Beo is a two-acre community garden in the centre of Carlow Town where people work together and then reap the rewards together. The overall vision of the project is of a space in which diverse people can connect more to nature, to the growing and making of food and to each other. The ethos of the garden is based on an ecological orientation, on valuing diversity, sustainability and indigenous species.