The green-fingered world of gardening fruit growing and sowing of crops is now a possibility for people in Mitchelstown following the official opening of the Mitchelstown community Allotments.

Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Alan Coleman was on hand to turn (and fling) the sod at last Monday afternoons ceremony.

In his address, Mayor Coleman said it was another important day for Mitchelstown and further evidence of the industry and initiative of Mitchestown Community Council.

"Sean Finn and his committee have done a great job. Together with local public representatives and the statutory agencies, they've opened up all kinds of possibilities for those who have, heretofore, not been in a position to grow and tend plants, flowers and crops,"he said.

For his part, chairman of Mitchelstown Community Council Sean Finn, said the Community Council
were delighted to be part of a scheme that would bring individuals together, foster a community spirit and give people an appreciation of nature. Sean acknowledged the role of Cork County Council in making the one and half acres of land (situated between the cemetery and town playground) available on a lease agreement.

A key driving force behind the project was Glanworth based councillor, Frank O Flynn. Frank said the allotments project required a team effort.

"The allotment project has been on the go since 2011. Everyone persevered with it and it's great to see it come to fruition, all those who helped made it possible deserves great praise" he said.  Frank went on to acknowledge  the miles of Cork County Council, Brendan Scahill (HSE), Mitchelstown Forum, Mitchestown A Healthy Town
committee, Mitchelstown Community Forum, Dave Gill (TUS),  Barry Wilson (TUS), Michael Cremin (environmental section Cork County Council), John O Dell and engineer Brendan O Gorman,

Brendan Scahill fully endorsed the scheme as did both Councillors Kevin O Keeffe and Kay Dawson.

Plots are available at the introductory offer of €50, enquiries to  025-85213.