HARD/GRAFT – a community orchard

We are delighted to announce with artist Seoidín O’Sullivan that HARD/GRAFT has been awarded a KBC Bright Ideas award. HARD / GRAFT is a sustainable community orchard proposed for community sites across Dublin 8 that are in tune with the seasons.

While Seoidín is resident in studio 468 in 2017, she will work locally to create a network of local grafters and planters in Dublin 8. Once established, a Dublin Grafters Community Group will graft and plant fruit trees with local schools and communities. This award will go towards funding for the purchase of trees and training on planting, grafting and pruning of trees for local project participants.

The wonderful thing about trees and orchards are that they are low maintenance so you don’t need people to care for them as you would a garden. Yet the trees bear fruit every Autumn, connecting local children and residents living locally to a food source and to the magic of nature.