Mad About Cork seeks help with projects

Mad About Cork seeks help with projects
Plant and tree donations can be dropped off at Comic Vault comic book shop on Lower Oliver Plunkett St and St Peters Church on North Main St. Alternatively you can email hurley.al21@gmail.com to arrange a pick up.

The volunteer group are on a mission to make Cork greener this year with ambitious plans to plant a few hundred trees around the city.

Mad About Cork has done extensive work in the city since their inception in transforming derelict spaces a new lease of life and this year the group want to make even more of an impact.

"Over the last few years, we've created a lot of art projects and guerilla gardens from scratch using scrap materials as this whole undertaking is and mostly has been self-funded by us since we began nearly five years ago," member Alan Hurley told The Echo

Mad About Cork, a guerilla gardening and street art group have been brightening up the city for almost five years.
Mad About Cork, a guerilla gardening and street art group have been brightening up the city for almost five years.

"This year we want to do more of that but we want to put an emphasis on tree planting and adding little wildflower patches around already planted street trees. 

"These are simple projects that make a huge difference to insect life in the city, they look amazing and they don’t cost a lot to build and maintain," Alan continued.

To help the group achieve what they are setting out to do, Mad About Cork are asking for donations from the public, something which they haven't done before.

"Last year we were given a new workspace and garden on Kyle Street to temporarily use as our headquarters by Karl Diskin which was a big help. 

"Unfortunately, due to lack of resources, we didn’t get to do as much as we would have liked but we’ll make sure that doesn’t happen this year.

"We had this idea since we began that we shouldn’t ask for help but we need it so that’s why we’re asking if anyone has any spare wood, paint, soil, plants and trees to donate."

Mad About Cork are currently seeking tree and plant donations for their 2020 projects.
Mad About Cork are currently seeking tree and plant donations for their 2020 projects.

The group also welcomes new volunteers and will be starting back up on January 18, meeting every Saturday at 12pm at St Peter’s Church.

"You don’t need to be an expert artist or gardener, all we need is enthusiasm," Alan said.

Plants can be dropped off at Comic Vault comic book shop on Lower Oliver Plunkett St and St Peters Church on North Main Street. 

Alternatively, you can email hurley.al21@gmail.com to arrange a pickup. 

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