What we have achieved so far
The seed of an idea...
...can grow futures
The City Farm Ballymun project began several years ago when a group of local residents came together to develop a proposal to transform an existing, underused green space in to a community garden. That proposal was rejected by the City Council at the time. One reason given was that the use of the land in question would be examined as part of the preparation of the Ballymun Local Area Plan (LAP). Having read the draft Local Area Plan and the Retail Study commissioned as part of the LAP process, we formed the view that the potential existed to create something unique to Ballymun which would contribute to the environmental, social and economic regeneration of the area.
The Ballymun City Farm project then began in earnest. Much has happened since we first submitted our proposal under the consultation phase of the Ballymun LAP. The highlights are set out below.
An idea is born
Submitted initial proposal to DCC for community garden
Lots of meetings
culminating in project approval by DCC - Success
May June July
Proposal submitted under the Local Area Plan consultation phase (View document)
Met with local City Councillors and TDs to outline proposal
Gave presentation to Ballymun 4 Business GroupWrote to all local schools with a copy of our proposal under the LAP
Approached Innovate Dublin to develop partnership with a view to securing funding for an independent, objective feasibility study to look at our proposal
City Council adopt draft Ballymun LAP with provision for city farm project in Ballymun
Committee wrote to local community and voluntary groups seeking meeting to outline proposal
Committee met with head of Dublin City Council Parks Department to outline proposal and request independent, objective feasibility study be carried out
submitted proposal for independent, objective feasibility study to DCC Parks Department
Met with Dublin North West Area Partnership to outline proposal
DCC adopts final Ballymun LAP which contains provision for a city farm
It is an objective of the Dublin City Council to review the use of the Z9 lands to the west of Carton Terrace and South of St. Margaret’s Rd, to provide for residential development which can include co-operative housing on the western half of the site and to explore the provision of a skate and bike park and/or allotments and a community farm.
An alternative suitable location for these uses may be site No. 14: Balbutcher Lane.
Presentation given to Ballymun Civic Alliance at which DCC give approval for the project and the proposed site - Part of site No. 14 in the LAP
Public meeting held and presentation given on the project
Ballymun in Bloom - Committee attended the event with a stall and information on the project
Meeting held with Ballymun School Liaison Network representing all local schools
Committee met with Ballymun Kickhams Committee members
Attended Setanta Open day with stall and information packs
Visited Kentish Town City Farm, London and met with CEO and staff of the farm (.doc)
Met with Deputy Chief Executive of DCC to discuss the project
Drafting of Blueprint and Public Consultation - Dublin City Council provided funding in 2018 for the preparation of a Blueprint for the proposed City Farm in Ballymun.
Gearing up for
within the community
The Blueprint for the City Farm Ballymun has been completed and was submitted to Dublin City Council at the beginning of April 2019. The Blueprint makes a number of recommendations in relation to the project, including the most appropriate size and location for the City farm.
Committee Members - behind the scenes in 2019
Ongoing development of the project with key parties
Logo Development & Branding
Redevelopment of website previously launched in 2018
Application for funding to help promote the project within the community and to possible outside stakeholders
here on the project's progress
Promotional video for the Ballymun City Farm Project launched at the Dublin North West Area Partnership's 'Social Inclusion Seminar"
An agreement was reached on the location of City Farm with the DCC on February 5th, 2020. Listen below RTE radio 1.