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Restoring the Balance

Restoring the Balance

Annette Corkery and Ann Gerety Smyth
Scéalta Beo and Creative Ardagh

Legendary hero, Midir, was a judge tasked with keeping the balance. Throughout history there have been times when nature was out of balance requiring drastic measures. Now, with climate disasters making headlines we need action again. We can feel helpless when faced with global problems, but solutions may be found closer to home in our natural heritage.

We need community effort to plant trees, re-wild areas, add biodiversity and work with nature instead of against her. Time is running out to restore abundance and benefit all life. We can start with our own gardens.

Scéalta Beo will show what we’ve been doing in a series of videos including some of the following: attracting pollinators, foraging in the garden, food forests, pond life, saving seeds, growing vegetables, keeping chickens and embracing weeds.

We are starting a collection of living stories: local plant heritage and lore. Pat Kelleher shares the story of the kale that has been growing for generations in his garden. He gave us plants last year and we have saved seeds to share at our in person event. Brendan Farrell will tell us of his grandfather’s golden osiers. We will have cuttings later in the year.

We would like your help to gather more living stories. Have you had an encounter with a frog? Are you re-wilding land? Have you a tree in your field for generations? Is your family growing vegetables together? Whatever your story, we would love to hear it. Get in touch to share it.

Please contact the event organisers (details below) for the latest information regarding COVID-19 safety measures and to register for this event

Restoring the Balance Introduction

Brendan Farrell's Golden Osiers

Pat Kelleher's Kale

A very brief introduction to Permaculture

Counting our Chickens

Let's talk about weeds

Celebrate the hawthorn tree

Pond Life

Forest gardens

Seed, plant and story swap event

Event Details

  • 22nd August: 2pm-4pm
  • Plant, seed and story swap We have been busy collecting seeds and growing plants to share. We are giving away seeds in the hope that people will grow their own. We encourage you to bring chemical-free plants and seeds to swap. We'll use what we get in return in our gardens and keep seed to share next year. The aim is to build connections, biodiversity, and keep heritage seeds in circulation. This helps local food resilience and hopefully saves some rare heirloom varieties for the future. The story collection is a very important element. Scéalta Beo means living stories and we hope to educate and inspire, as well tapping into and storing some vital knowledge, plant lore and memories for future generations. We want to encourage people to garden with nature instead of against it and save the planet while we're at it. Come along to start restoring the balance.

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