Grow It Yourself Week off to a Good Start in North Tipperary

Lily de Sylva and Sarah Baker Give a Tour of the Gardens

GIY week got off to a good start in North Tipperary, with the launch of a new group in Cloughjordan.  A good crowd gathered at Cloughjordan House, and were treated to some cakes from Sarah Baker of the cookery school.  There were talks from local grower Lily de Sylva, Davie Philip of Green Works, and Sarah Fleming, the regional champion for GIY Ireland.  There was plenty to do outside in the sunshine too, with a tour of the vegetable gardens and a demonstration of vintage ploughing from Denis Cahalane.  Sarah Baker plans to grow all her vegetables for the cookery school here, and there will be lots more activities through the year.  The GIY group will be meeting every month to exchange gardening know-how.  All events and advice are free, and the group is open to all.

GIY Ireland is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to make home-grown food the norm and support people to grow their own successfully. It was founded by author and journalist Michael Kelly and its patrons include Diarmuid Gavin, Darina Allen, Duncan Stewart and Clodagh McKenna. GIY Ireland aims to get 100,000 people to take the GIY Pledge – a personal commitment to grow something you can eat.  You can find out more, and join your local group, on their website at

Denis Cahalane Ploughed the Potato Patch with this Vintage Nuffield Tractor

To join the Cloughjordan group and get details of local events call Lily de Sylva on 0505 42806

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