A POPULAR community garden area near the boating lake in Tramore has been vandalised today. Those responsible reportedly broke the handpainted sign to the Tramorerocks community garden, before throwing the surrounding handpainted rocks away and throwing the remains into the boating lake.
The garden is maintained under the loving hands of Ruth Farrell, Tramore Tidy Towns, and many schoolchildren from the surrounding primary schools. Ruth spoke out on social media to say,
“As funny as it may be to them when they took minutes to heave the large rocks away from the stand and smash it, it took months to plan out with the Tidy Towns and the Council, weeks to draw out, paint and varnish. Then to mount it on a stand and find the best place for it. I feel very sorry for the boys who’ve done this. To destroy something that was entirely community based just proves how disconnected they must feel from their town. To everyone and all who’ve contributed to the little kindness garden-keep doing it. You are absolutely making a difference. To the boys who’ve done this, I hope you will have the opportunity to contribute to this little garden at one point, maybe not today or tomorrow-maybe when you have children of your own, you’ll realise how important it is to be part of something positive because you matter too.”
The news of the destruction of the community garden was met with outrage from locals, many of whom are in the habit of bringing their family there, to find a rock, and replace a rock. Ruth from Tramorerocks funds the painting of the inspirational message rocks herself, and the rocks have been the bearer of positive, aspirational messages close to exam time, in times of crisis, and in times of celebration.
She is committed to replacing the sign, once materials are sourced, and once her shock at the devastation of the community initiative has eased.
Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact Tramore Garda Station or Tramore Rocks on Facebook.