Zero Waste Festival
An open day is held every year in June to promote interest in the Knockanrawley Resource Centre’s Organic Garden and support environmentally friendly gardening practices but this year had an extra twist to it. Building on a zero waste educational workshop hosted in KRC last November, with funding through the Tipperary County Council, the open day was also a Zero Waste Festival.
It was fronted by a willow weaving workshop, led by Rose Hanley and Derry O’Donnell, who co-ordinated the Cashel Zero Waste project was the keynote speaker on the day. People gathered to talk with Timmy Whyte who voluntarily oversees the organic garden at KRC, and Albert Nolan, our friendly wildlife enthusiast, on composting and insects that help the whole process of decomposing. There was a raffle with eco prizes, some delicious refreshments mostly made by the Tipperary Men’s Shed, a children’s corner and stalls with interesting suggestions on how to work towards reducing our habits of throwing everything away!
Ruth Smith, part of the planning committee, said on the day, “We are encouraged by the people from the town that came and joined us. There seems to be an understanding that we all have to get on board and reduce our waste. This doesn’t mean a reduction in our standard of living necessarily but it does mean some changes in the way we think.” The town, county and country needs more of these events in community gardens to raise awareness of the earth and the need for Nature! The message from the KRC organic garden is we need everyone to try their best, not to be perfect, to live with awareness around reducing our own personal waste. We need to go gently on this earth – it’s the only one we have!
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