Once a year, O’Brien Landscaping undertakes to create a garden space for a worthy cause. In the past, we’ve designed and constructed gardens for St Michaels’s House, Beaumont Hospital and St John of Gods. We undertake these projects at our own cost and because we can. We contribute positively to the community, and we feel great for doing it.

Project 2023. This year we created a garden for Barnardo’s Early Intervention Centre in Finglas. The main focus of the centre is to increase the social, emotional, and educational development of preschool children. The garden was designed and created to support these aims and includes a mud play space, growing area, covered outdoor classroom, retreat space, nature area, sensory paths leading to social spaces, and play equipment. We also installed an all-weather play space with seating and a blackboard.

Our partners. After the success of last year’s project, we were delighted to receive support from a number of our industry partners. Special thanks to our good friends at Cloonee Sawmills for going above and beyond with materials, to SIS Pitches for the all-weather play surface and for Celuplast for the roof and accessories . Thanks also to Pannebakker for the great selection of plants, to Panda Waste for the skip.

Our team. The garden will be constructed over the course of four days under the supervision of Joe Curran and project managers, Gatis Celms and Raivis Linins. Special thanks to Martin Goucher who made it all happen behind the scenes, and to the whole team who got involved, got stuck in, and delivered for a very worthy cause.

Participating. If you would like to get involved in next year’s project, please contact Barry at barry.lupton@obrienlandscaping.com or on 086 829 2067.

Some photos from the build.