Free Sustainable Gardening Course

From Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council:

Once again, we’re offering our highly popular and FREE Sustainable Gardening Course to local residents. The course, which was featured on RTE Nationwide last May will run for 5 sessions on alternate weekends between 30th September – 25th November 2018.

The course offers participants the chance to learn how to plant and manage their gardens for wildlife, propagate their own plants (saving money) and meet like-minded people.

Each session lasts 3 hours (9.30 – 12.30 or 13.30 – 16.30) with time split between walks and talks, classroom discussions and practical sessions.

Sessions will focus on alternatives to spraying, planting for bees, the benefit of trees, wildflower gardens, urban food production, hedgerows and much more.

Workshop dates 30/9, 14/10, 28/10, 11/11 and 25/11

Although the course is aimed at resident groups, we are always happy to accommodate individuals who are keen to learn about sustainable gardening and willing to spread the message.

Spaces are limited (48 places) so please register your interest early by emailing

Barbecue in June

Thanks to everyone who attended the BBQ on Friday 8th June. Once again we had a great turnout with over 100 residents and friends attending. There were lots of positive comments about the food, the clown and the musician, and once again we were so lucky with the weather. In addition this year we had the great Marley bakeoff, which was a huge success, well done to all our bakers!

JCB back today

Now that the bulk of the snow has (hopefully) fallen, we have asked the JCB to clear the snow again today. He should be here from 10am this morning.

JCB clearing snow

MGRA has arranged for the JCB to be in the estate today (Wednesday) clearing snow. He will generally clear the route from the estate entrance through to the church/school. We have also advised that we will likely need him again over coming days. In the meantime, please take care if out and about and stay warm. Great snowman by the way whoever built it!

Annual AGM 20th February 2018 at 8pm

The Annual General Meeting of the Marley Grange Residents Association will be held on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 8:00pm in the Divine Word Parish Centre. Refreshments will be served from 7:30pm onwards.

All members are encouraged to attend. This event is your best opportunity for face-to-face communication with the committee and fellow residents on topics of interest to us all. We will not have the logistics to take membership fees on the night and the AGM is only open to residents who have paid their 2017 subscription. If you wish to attend and have not paid, please contact us at by 18th February.

Any member who wishes to propose a motion at the AGM should please submit it by email to the Secretary, John Sweeney (, by 15th February at the latest.

Some changes to the association’s Constitution will be proposed at the AGM. The revised wording (highlighted in grey and yellow) may be seen in the side bar to the right of the main website page under ‘Learn More’ and then clicking on the link that appears (or by clicking here).


Sustainable Gardening Workshops in Marlay Park

We received this from DLR County Council in case anyone is interested in taking these workshops:

“Dear Community Groups,

I’m delighted to confirm that DLRCC is once again sponsoring a series of Sustainable Gardening workshops.

These workshops have been designed to encourage resident groups and individuals to make informed decisions when managing their estates/gardens in ways that will be sympathetic to nature and in particular our pollinators.

Workshops will take place in Marlay Park on the following dates:

Sunday 25th February

Sunday 11th March

Sunday 25th March

Sunday 8th April

Sunday 22nd April

Participants are expected to attend all five dates.

We are running three sessions on each date to accommodate as many people as possible, sessions will start at 9.15, 11.30 and 14.00 and run for 2 hours.

Please indicate your preferred start time when booking on this course. To book a place on this course please email Aoife Munn (

If for any reason you can no longer attend please email Aoife at your earliest convenience so that a replacement place can be offered to those on a reserve list.

Those failing to attend the first date and failing to inform Aoife will automatically have their place offered to someone on the reserve list.

All workshops will take place in the poly tunnel at Marley Mark, Aoife will arrange to meet each group at the Café beside the walled garden for the first session.

Environmental Education 5 Week Programme

Week 1   – Pesticides and Waste Reduction

A talk on consulting the Parks Department before starting projects and that not all projects are suitable for all sites.

Eliminate Pesticides

Reuse items in the community – can people put up an offer of a bike their child has grown out of for another?  Etc…

Replace bedding with bee friendly planting

Take part in the monitoring of wildlife in your area.

Enter tidy towns for your area

Signage and training.

Aim to get people to get their back gardens as bee friendly as the street

Cut grass for older neighbours to avoid artificial lawns

Activity: Create an action plan for your area

Week 2 – Taking care of the bees

Bees – Bare soil nesting, long grass, dry stone walls

Pollinator strips,

Clover lawn

Flowering shrubs and bushes

Support local beekeepers

Activity – Build bee hotels and make a sand bank

Week 3 -Identify wildflowers

Identify different species of wildflowers

How to create a wildflower meadow that is more ornamental.

How to create a rewilded area

What to do with grass verges to maximise benefits to bees – 6 week cut

How to deal with big public spaces some ideas and ensuring it is usable (short enough for football in one area and then longer for wildlife in another)

Activity – Sow a tray of wildflower seeds to take home.  Collect wildflower seeds from around the area in an envelope to take home.

Week 4 – Urban Food Production

Look at suitable sites for community gardens

Grow your own veg even small scale like lettuce in window boxes

Crop rotation advice

Herb Gardens

Dividing Herbs to increase stock.

Activity – Sow Seeds for Lettuce to take home

Week 5 -Hedgerows

Identify areas where a hedgerow can be inserted.

Importance of Hedgerows – Cuttings plants for Hedgerows

Importance of a mixed hedgerow as wildlife corridors.

Take the cuttings from a local hedgerow and expand it.

Varied flowering times through the hedgerows.

Willow an excellent addition

Cutting a hedgerow to make it thicker.

Activity: Take cuttings and learn to plant them in a trench.  Take some cuttings home in a pot”

Panda waste collection now Saturday 23rd December instead of Monday 25th

We have been advised by Panda that their waste collection originally scheduled for 25th of December has been rescheduled to this Saturday, 23rd of December.

One more sweep before Christmas.

We’ve asked the council for a sweep of the entire estate before Christmas. So if you’re willing to brave the cold, you might want to give your yard brushes a final outing for the year.

Stop food wastage – preserving food

Here is a link to this website which some residents may find useful or interesting…


Street sweeper on its way


We’ve been advised by DLR County Council that the street sweeper will be coming into the estate in the next few days. Avoiding parking on kerbs where possible will help the sweeper clear the leaves.