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A thesis presented towards the degree of Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics BSc (Hum Nut) at The University of Dublin, Trinity College and Technological University Dublin 2011. This research was undertaken by Noelle Corrigan in collaboration with the LIFELINE project and was supervised by Sheila Sugrue. Noelle completed this research as part of her BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics.


community gardens have been described as locally organized initiatives where land is used to produce food, flowers or both in an urban environment (Glover, 2003)' community gardens are diverse and may vary enornously in what they offer, according to local needs and circumstance (Ferris, Norman & Sempik, 2001)' Garden size is dependant on many factors, including location, land available gardening, demand, physical and time limitations of the gardeners and thus standard community garden size exists' community gardening is widespread in Britain and the united states' In Britain' the Federation of city Farms and community Gardens is the representative organization for 59 city farms and almost 1,000 community gardens. It is estimated that almost 18,000 community gardens exist across the US and Canada' It is difficult to estimate how many community gardens there are in Ireland as statistics are not widely available but numbers u.e frcreasing all the time' In Dublin community gardens are a relatively recent development. Some of the first examples of community garden projects within Dublin appeared only in the last decade' Dolphins Barn 2007, Cherry orchard 2010 and Robert Emmet community garden Bridge Foot Street 2008. Individuals and communities benefit from urban agriculture' The benefits of food production transcend the physical, mental and emotional health of the individual to leave lasting change on others and on the physical and social space of the community (Shoemaker & Diehl, 2002;Littman, 1996).