Sunday, 10th of September: Sunday Stroll at Bridgefoot Street Community Garden

When What Host
12.00 pm - 1 pm Bridgefoot Street Community Garden Tour Richard Taplin
1 pm - 2.30 pm Getting To Know Our Native Wildflowers Wildflowers Walks Ireland
3 pm - 5 pm Zero Waste Comedy (at The Ha'Penny Bridge Inn) Diane O'Connor

Bridgefoot Street Community Garden Tour

We start the day in the community garden at midday for a tour of the allotment and a taster of all the great activities going on there. It's a fantastic resource for the local community with projects that benefit all ages. At the garden there will be a refreshment table to raise funds for the garden so bring your travel mug!


Getting To Know Our Native Wildflowers (Cork Street)

Very little makes us appreciate nature and want to work to conserve it more than a walk in the country admiring the wildflowers. However, you don't need to go that far to see our native plants. Join us to explore the wilder side of the concrete jungle. We will show you how to identify what you are looking at, a little of their history, their importance for biodiversity and what you can do to help. Also if they happen to be a delicious variety we will tell you how to enjoy it! There's no packaging on wild and Autumn is peak foraging season ;) This is an outdoor event so please dress for the Irish weather- grass and potentially mud! The small print: Please wear appropriate footwear, and wear appropriate clothing. Please wear boots or waterproof shoes with good grip. There might be some muddy or wet parts. Anyone taking part does so at their own risk. Eating plants on this walk or on subsequent adventures is at your own risk. Wrongly identified plants on subsequent walks is done at your own risk. Please consult guidebooks where appropriate


Zero Waste Comedy

Join us to close the festival for an afternoon of stand-up from some Dublin's comedy clubs' funniest comedians performing material inspired by Zero Waste in The Ha’Penny Bridge Inn where we will turn your waste into comedy gold! Featuring Elaine Gallagher, Tomie James, Pauline Shanahan, Iain O'Connor, Brian Gallagher and Pauline Curtain. Hosted by Diane O'Connor. Promises to be a brilliant night to finish of this amazing festival. No entry charge, pay what you can. Doors @ 3pm, show 3:30pm.


About hosts

Bridgefoot Street Community Garden
A group of volunteers run and maintained the community garden since 2015 and were part of the Save Our Park campaign that led to the planning of a new park with allotments and a community garden. The local Men's Shed has engaged with local service providers, crèches and schools. They have also set up a Repair Cafe, G.I.Y and Men's Shed - which has a core group of 10 volunteers that maintain and open the garden. Their Men's Shed has evolved to a Community Shed which is open to everybody and have started a cycling group, a rowing group and an art group. They salvage all materials from the community and make good use of it.

Wildflower Walks Ireland - Mies Stam & Molly Aylesbury
Mies has been working with plants since before she was born through her parents nursery business. Starting in the Netherlands, she moved here with her family in 2001. Here they transitioned to unusual perennials that like our wet climate and particularly their boggy farm in East Clare. With all this plant business going on it is unsurprising that Mies went on to study horticulture and then receiving a BSc in Botany from UCD. It was in UCD that she met Molly, an environmental biologist student and it was a meeting of minds. Wildflower Walks Ireland was born with Mies doing all the work while Molly ran off to Sweden to pursue a Masters in Science for Sustainable Development. Molly was the only kid in her junior infants class who wanted to save the trees when she grew up and at 28 she feels she is slowly getting there. She started her ZW journey almost 3 years ago. She makes most of her own food, beauty and cleaning products with Mies always a willing guinea pig. Together they hold walks and classes on wildflower identification and foraging, workshops on how to live more sustainably and have launched a ZW market stall called Bare Necessities. Phew! Not a bad legacy to sitting beside one another in geology class looking at rocks!

Diane O'Connor
Diane is a stand-up comedian from Dublin who made her performance debut aged 7 in her sitting room in front of family audience, since then she has performed around Ireland, London and Edinburgh. Currently Diane is a regular on the Dublin comedy scene. Diane is also a founder member and performer with The Splendid Lunatics Improv who have been making Dublin laugh since 2012. Last year Diane wrote and performed her first solo show "Pregnant and Standing" last year while very pregnant. This year brings the sequel, "Breastfeeding Alfresco (and other adventures)".