- Amenity Horticulture
- Organic Gardening
- Architectural Draughting
- Computer Aided Design
- Sustainable Construction
- Landscape Design
- Sustainable Landscapes
- Ecology in Ireland
In conjunction with Dublin City Council and local community groups, Pearse College drew up a plan that would meet the needs of the local community as well as our own.
The Allotments are a wonderful example of the mutual benefits of situating a community allotment within a horticultural college, and the college teachers and students link directly with the plot holders regularly. The sharing of expertise is a two way street as the older allotment holders have a reservoir of knowledge and experience which they are happy to share,
The plot holders have access to a number of free facilities, including:
5 large storage containers that provide storage space for tools and equipment,A clubhouseOur own water, pumped by a wind turbine from a well and fed throughout the siteBark mulchHorse manureA small shared composting facility, though allotment holders are encouraged to compost on their own plots.Access to shower and toiletsAn orchard, planted with fruit trees and shrubs.A common area consisting of a BBQ area, seating, lawn and flowerbedsA wildlife corridor, with native trees and shrubs and plans for bee hives.Communal herb plantersA safe play area in the centre of the site for small children.
An important aspect of allotments is the development of a community. Many of the plots have been taken up by families and groups of friends. Therefore the Pearse College Allotment community is made up of between 130 and 250 individuals. Plot holders and their families spend weekends, evenings and sometimes weekdays on their plots. People help out neighbours, more experienced growers have advice and tips for beginners, and people gather to chat when taking a break from their work.
There is a waiting list for any plots that might become available. Contact the general office in Pearse College on 01 4536661 to add your name to the list. The annual fee for a 80m² plot is €200.
The allotment committee have set up a page which you can visit on pearse college allotments advice