Shortlisting for Wood Awards Ireland 2014

Garden of Plenty Project at Bloom 2013 nominated in Innovation Category for Wood Awards Ireland. The Wood Marketing Federation launched the Wood Awards Ireland as a major new competition aimed at Irish architects, engineers and designers who feature wood as an inherent medium in construction and design projects. Scroll down to see the full article.Click here to see the video

The Garden of Plenty – Sustainable Living Expo to become a public space amenity

Thursday 27th November 2014. The Garden of Plenty, an innovative project using Irish wood, which featured in last years Bloom Festival (2013) is to become a usable public amenity in a gesture of returning to the community and supporting sustainable development with wood. The Garden of Plenty exhibit is one of 18 wood related projects shortlisted for the Wood Awards Ireland 2014, the winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday 28th November.

The Garden of Plenty project grew from a concept originally exhibited to an audience of 250.000 people at the 8th Festival Internacional de Jardins de Ponte de Lima, Portugal (2012)

The Garden of Plenty is based upon the sustainability of wood as a resource and the project is "demountable" and reusable. The concept underlying this project is a productive community space, which is multi-layered, reflecting the very soil that feeds it and the sustainable wood that encloses it. The project has an educational, poetic and sensory dimension, through its design and realisation. The exhibit highlights cyclical themes of seasons and growth as well as the natural systems on which any edible productive garden depends.

Sustainability was the core message underlying the concept of this public space, addressing issues on how we manage our resources. The Garden of Plenty is constructed from Irish sourced wood products which originated from sustainably managed Coillte forests.

The reusability of the construction lends itself to being used as a public amenity in a community context. The Garden of Plenty was a silver medal winner at the 2013 Bloom Festival.

The shortlisting for the Wood awards is another accolade for the project that was conceived and constructed by Woodcollective/Meitheal Adhmaid, an Irish based group promoting the use of wood in architecture, construction and artistic endeavours. Commenting on the nomination, Woodcollective founder, Eugene Boyle said the shortlisting is another milestone in the journey for the Garden of Plenty, "Recognition of this project by professionals working with wood is a huge honour, and I hope that the extra exposure given to the project will lead to its best use in a community or social environment."

The entire project was supported by The Department of Agriculture Food and Marine and there was a strong collaboration with industry, especially in the supply of the main constituents of the garden, with companies including; Murray Timber, Laois Sawmills and Lonza who are members of the Wood Marketing Federation. All productive landscape planting was done by Aqua Landscapesm Balivor, and overall construction was in collaboration with J Staunton & Sons (Glenealy) Contractors.

The Garden of Plenty was entered in two categories for Wood Ireland awards. Expressions of interest are now being sought from social and community groups with a view to The Garden of Plenty being adapted for a more permanent home and use.