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Gallen View unveil gorgeous garden feature as part of estate enhancement plans

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Gallen View unveil gorgeous garden feature as part of estate enhancement plans thumbnailDeclan Costello, Community Development Officer (OLDC) cutting the tape to officially open the new meeting area for the residents in Gallen Priory View Ferbane on Sunday last

THE residents of a Ferbane housing estate celebrated their progress with the estate's environmental enhancement plans with the official opening of a fantastic garden feature and sitting area on Sunday last.
Gallen View Residents Association was delighted to unveil the partnership project, a pergola, sitting area and paving located on the housing estate's green area. Carried out in conjunction with Offaly Local Development Company, the shaded passageway and sitting area along with paving and several planters are a welcome addition to the estate and are part of long-term enhancement plans for the Ferbane estate.
Welcoming everyone to the event, delighted resident Eamon Cooney thanked everyone for their support with the project and also all those who helped prepare for the day's celebrations. "It's a great day for Gallen View today and we appreciate all of the work that's gone into this project," he enthused.
Noting a plaque erected on the back of one of the benches, commemorating all of the deceased members of Gallen View, Mr Cooney handed the proceedings over to Declan Costello, of Offaly Local Development Company.
"We often hear about partnership type approaches to getting projects done. This is a very good example of this where we in Offaly Local Development Company worked with Gallen View Residents Association to support projects that residents in the estate want done," he explained.
Enhancement plans for the estate were drawn up over a year ago, the crowd heard, in consultation with the local residents. "And, the one thing people wanted as part of the estate was a 'meeting place'. People then came up with this idea and drawings were produced."
The project was also supported financially by Offaly County Council and they were thanked for their contribution. The pergola and the planter boxes were constructed by the students of a local training initiative, run by Laois Offaly ETB, based in nearby Banagher.
In the meantime, work also began on improvement works at the front of the Ferbane housing estate where concrete fencing was removed along with an inside grass bank, which was subsequently planted with the help of the local Rural Social scheme workers, who were also thanked for their endeavours.
Debra from nearby Moore Nurseries and Garden Centre then lent her expertise to the project, helping with the planting at the front of the estate as well as with the planters on the green, located adjacent to the pergola.
According to Declan, unfortunately the project involving the pergola was delayed due to the harsh winter. However, once the spring came it all kicked into action and the paving was completed, the pergola was erected along with the planters.
"You can see that a lot of people worked on these projects, which are three or four projects that form part of an overall plan the residents would like to see done over the next few years. There's a lot of work done but there's a lot more to do. This has been a partnership approach. Nobody can do this on their own and hopefully, a lot more will happen like this in the future," Declan concluded.
With the end of the formalities, the children were treated to a fantastic array of games while the residents sat, chatted and reminisced while enjoying delicious refreshments.

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