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Building a garden in South Africa

garden of hope site...

garden of hope site...

Part of november will see myself and 45 others and some colleagues of mine] travel to south africa to build a garden with the Niall Mellon trust.

NB: just to clarify – the garden was designed and the build fully organised by Dominic Loughran, his garden of hope team & The Niall Mellon Township Trust.

The sponsorship for this will be paid by Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd. Turns out the boss ain’t so bad after all. Further information is available here.

UPDATE:

The garden of hope project team have set up a weblog. If you’d like to donate tools or anything you think might be useful, make yourself famous. [when I say donate tools I dont mean in the Irish sense and post over people you don’t like]. Whilst the sponsorship/ costs for my trip have been paid by the boss I am informed that people can still give away their hard earned dollars free of charge. If your loaded and reading this you probably don’t have a shovel or know how to get it started so go ahead make yourself feel better.

My original post, on my website said 25 people, this one says 45 – I’m reliably informed it’s over 60 people involved. To those of you who have given a few bob on my behalf – It’s so much appreciated, [check comment from Dominic below] I’m very proud. The pic above is the site we will develop in one week.

Slan go foill agus go raibh míle maith agaibh.

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no rubber – soul [m’anam gan rubar]

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Peter Donegans garden design ‘No Rubber- Soul’ won silver in the large garden category in the inaugural year of Bloom in the Phoenix Park Friday 1st June 2007. During the 20 day deadline over 1,500 plants; 50 square metres of rolled lawn; 4 tonne of recycled compost; 5 tonnes of recycled bark chippings; 6 tonnes of recycled tree stumps one 1965 morris minor and an outdoor flat screen television.

Despite the rainfall over the bank holiday weekend over 50,000 people still flocked to see the unsponsored garden. No decking, no paving, no additives or preservatives…. Imagine sitting within two thirds of a 1965 Morris Minor, watching the television, smokes plumes through the front grill of your car and you sit back and watch nature and plant life grow around you. This is the garden that has no rubber but lots of soul. Built from 100% recycled and/ or recyclable products. Take a trip back to 1965 when men used shovels and gardens had soul.

Built to commemorate the many Irish men with initially, great intentions who promise to restore and rebuild projects but sometimes are never fully completed; it has been slightly adapted to via audio visual equipment to become an entertainment area of sorts and it should give the appearance that whilst unwillingly forgotten, the life of the garden continued to flourish around it.

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Donegan Landscaping Ltd joins Barr 50

barr 50 award

barr 50 award

At The Four Seasons Hotel on June 1st 2007, in conjunction with Price Waterhouse Cooper and Forais na Gaeilge Peter Donegan MI Hort and Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd joined Barr 50, the top 50 companies to operate through the Irish language.

The awards recognize those who have made efforts in their industry to use the Irish language to improve their business.

After making the website bilingual, initially, the company has slowly adjusted selections of his companies operations ‘as gaeilge’ and bilingual.

On receiving the award Peter Donegan noted, ‘We didn’t do anything catastrophic, we just made an effort through Irish. It is hoped that our customers will applaud this award and that our future efforts with Forais na Gaeilge will prove as successful.’

Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd is the first horticultural related company to join the elite top fifty.

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Peter Donegan, Landscaping Garden Design Awards, Ireland

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Peter Donegan MI Hort and Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd won its first award from the Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland in October 2006.

The Award of Merit in best private garden category (over €13.000) was awarded to Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd as contractor and Peter Donegan MI Hort as designer of the fifty-five acre private garden set on the estuary of Donabate in North County Dublin.

It had taken two years to reconstruct the one famous eighteenth century gardens of Newport Farm. Donegan Landscaping was only one of thirteen companies in Ireland to receive award in 2006.

10 things you did not know about peter donegan landscaping ltd…

peter donegan, aidan cotter, trevor sargeant

1. On setting up Peter organized six to nine months credit with four main suppliers; his accountant, a plants nursery, an agrochemical suppliers and a farm supplies shop.
2. Peter borrowed the tools for his first Job from a friend of his, a civil engineer.
3. Peter is the oldest employee at 31 years old. The youngest is 19 years old. The average employee age is 25 years old. On average Peter has lost one permanent employee per 2 years & 3 months. There are 9 full time employees all have studied horticulture except one [19 years old] who will finish studying this June and Sara [Office Manager computer degree]
4. Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd was nominated for best new business award in 2001 by The Fingal Chamber of Commerce. The award was eventually given to a subsidiary of an Post. This year saw the company shortlisted for the Chamber Environment Award – the award was eventually given to Murphy Environmental & Mc Donalds.
5. To heat the office Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd uses briquettes made from recycled office paper; wood and timber from various garden projects. Envelopes are reused and sent back with a sticker saying ‘save a tree – recycle an envelope’
6. The first article printed about Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd was in March 2004 in the Irish Entrepreneur entitled ‘Getting Dirty’.
7. Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd is to be nominated for the Barr 50 awards – The top 50companies to operate their business through use of the Irish language. Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd is the first horticultural related website to be translated into Irish according to Foras na Gaeilge. The award is to be presented on Friday June 1st, the opening day of Bloom.
8. Sponsored by the company, Peter will travel to South Africa this November to build a garden for the Neill Melon trust.
9. The garden No Rubber – Soul is still without a main sponsor.
10. The prototype [blue car] was built because people thought Peter was ‘off his rocker’ and couldn’t see what he was trying to achieve. This is not the car that will be used in the show.

[correct at time of going to print May 2007]

DID YOU KNOW…
Garden n 1 Brit an area of land usually next to a house,
for growing flowers, fruit, or vegetables. 2 Also: gardens
a cultivated area of land open to the public