The following are some basic rules for all garden users and are based on the rules abided by in most other community gardens in Dublin.
- For insurance purposes, the community garden can only be used by local residents who have access to the site, and members of Mud Island Community Garden Group.
- Children are only allowed in the garden accompanied by a parent or guardian and must be supervised by them at all times. Toddlers need to be actively supervised around garden tools and equipment, and older children need to behave and not hurt or bully other children. If the presence of any child causes concern because of lack of supervision or behaviour they may be asked to leave the garden.
- All gardeners are encouraged to bring their own tools for digging and planting
- Gardeners are expected to help out with weeding, digging, watering etc. and in return are allowed to take food for their own consumption
- Strictly no alcohol or banned substances allowed in the garden
- The garden will only be accessible on specified days (to be defined) where gardeners are welcome to dig in.
- Key keepers must never duplicate keys or lend the keys to someone not involved with the community garden.
- For security purposes, gates to be secured when the garden is not being used.
- A list of all key-holders will be held by the Secretary (or other office-holder), indicating present holders.
- Those working in the garden must have due consideration for residents in the immediate area, they must refrain from being on site before 9am and after 9pm during Summer months (March to October) and 9am to 5pm during Winter months (November to February). Any work that involves loud noise must be kept within the official time limits laid down by Dublin City Council.
- Access for residents must not be hindered by activities of the gardening group.
- Full consideration must be given to local residents and no nuisance should be caused to local residents.
Health and Safety
- The community garden must be maintained with full consideration of the health and safety of all involved in the project.
- Tools must be safely placed and supports must be appropriate and firmly secured, not posing a risk of injury.
- Water butts, compost bins and other containers must be contained within the community garden’s boundaries.
- The surrounds around raised beds must be of a suitable material for its purpose and height and must be well fixed and supported.
- Pets must be kept under restraint at all times. Pet foul must be cleaned up, and persistently barking dogs must be removed.
- Rocks, stones, and other debris removed from community garden must be carefully disposed of.
Environmental and Legal
- The community garden must be maintained in an environmentally friendly manner and for sole purpose of growing crops for private and domestic use.
- Chemicals and pesticides must be avoided and those not approved by the Department of Agriculture are strictly prohibited.
- Illegal plants must not be grown.
Key Holder Contacts:
Email: email@example.com tel: 0870624321
email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 085 7106115
email: email@example.com tel 085 7470607
Maeve Foreman (opens on a Saturday)
email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 086 168 3702
Mary Kennedy (opens on a Tuesday)
email: email@example.com tel: 0871319554
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 086 8292556
Ross Golden Bannon (opens on a Thursday)
MUD ISLAND COMMUNITY GARDEN CONSTITUTION
Title: This group shall be known as the ‘Mud Island Community Garden Group’
Objectives: The objectives of the group are to establish, maintain and develop a community garden on land managed by the Mud Island Community Garden Group. The group has no political affiliations and is a voluntary, not for profit community group.
Membership: Residents in the North Strand and Ballybough area, over the age of 18, are eligible to apply for membership. Prospective members will fill out an application form, agree to abide by the Rules of the Community Garden and pay an annual fee. The annual fee per household is currently set at 10 euro waged, 5 euro unwaged, and shall be agreed upon each year at the annual general meeting. The group has a clear policy of social inclusion.
Committee: The Mud Island Community Garden Committee should be elected each year at an annual general meeting of members, including a chairperson, a secretary, and a treasurer. In the event of a person leaving the area or resigning from the committee, the remaining committee may co-opt another member to fill the position. A person who holds any elective position in local or central government shall not be eligible for election to the committee, and any committee member wishing to contest such elections must first resign from the committee. The committee will reserve a minimum of two places for local residents whose homes back onto the site of the garden.
Committee meetings: All meetings shall be convened by the Chair, Secretary or Treasurer who shall give due notice of dates and times of such meetings to each committee member. The Secretary shall keep minutes of meetings and records of attendance and provide the committee with an agenda and copies of previous meeting’s minutes
Management: The overall management of the project shall be vested in the Committee, who shall perform all such acts, as may be deemed necessary or expedient to further the objectives of the project. The day to day running of the community garden shall be vested in key holding members.
Acceptance of Rules: Membership of the project shall imply the acceptance of rules and procedures, and any additions and/or alterations, which may be agreed. Rules and procedures shall be posted in a prominent position.
The Committee shall have full power to decide any question for which no provision is made for in the rules and by-laws, and shall be responsible for proposing the appropriate amendment at the earliest possible time.
Banking Procedure: The Group shall have a bank account(s) into which all monies received shall be lodged. Cheques shall be signed by a minimum of two people (chairperson and treasurer or secretary). The account of the project shall be closed for audit purposes on the last day of December each year.