New Street Gardens was built by volunteers in the Spring of 2014 in a derelict city centre site near Michael Street. The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins officially opened the gardens in June 2014 and since then, many concerts and family events have taken place there, and, most importantly, the gardens have become a place that Waterford people can enjoy.
Over 1,000 volunteers worked on developing the gardens over three months, and with the backing of large numbers of Waterford’s business community who donated everything from ice-creams and cups of tea for ‘workers’, to shrubs, plants, granite kerbing, timber, soil and much more the New Street Garden project came to life. Volunteers fulfilled every role from digging to carpentry, electrical and plumbing work, planting, painting, paving, watering and literally any unseen jobs that went into creating a unique community space for the people of Waterford.
Take a moment to sit in the gardens and rest awhile. This is a real story of a community making something special happen, in Ireland’s Ancient East.
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