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'Signs of Biodiversity' at Dunree 29.09.20

THIS year's Culture Night was very different to others with many of the scheduled events being adapted to online offerings. On Friday, 18th September, Artlink hosted a very successful socially distanced 'Signs of Biodiversity' event at the Amach Anseo community garden at Fort Dunree.
On a warm sunny evening a small group of people gathered in coloured masks with sanitised hands to celebrate and learn about biodiversity. They perused the impressive 'bug hotel' made by participants of the ETB funded class with the help of Boomtree Bees' Michiel Verspuij. A selection of pollinator friendly plants such as wallflowers and shrubs, from Colm Grant, were on offer to good homes. Hand-painted, informative and cheerful signs by participants who attended Daniel Gallanagh's class were dotted around the space.
'Signs of Biodiversity' in the  Amach Anseo community garden at The Potting Shed, Fort Dunree, Buncrana.
The Potting Shed hosted a exhibition of watercolour drawings by Rebecca Strain of pollinator friendly plants including dandelions, and seeding vegetables.
Changemakers Donegal delivered an inspirational speech about the good work being done at Dunree and how we are all connected under the same sky. Gráinne O'Neil and Danielle Bonner facilitated a conversation about Sustainable Development Goals and what was most important to the local area.
A seed swap took place in the polytunnel where participants could take or leave seeds that they had harvested or no longer needed.
The highlight of the evening has to have been the Climate Clamour Choir who sang their hearts out and had many people joining in with them. This community choir sing about caring for the earth and taking action in face of the climate crisis. As twilight faded to night, the joy of the event spread out beyond the walls of the garden.
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