Cloontuskert garden project shortlisted for prestigious AONTAS STAR Award

The Transformation through Sustainable Gardening Project, based in Roscommon, has been shortlisted for an AONTAS STAR Award in the Sustainable Development through Education category. The STAR Awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) are an awards initiative organised by the national adult learning organisation, AONTAS, to recognise and celebrate the work undertaken by adult learning initiatives throughout Ireland.

  Since 2019, with the support of Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board, the Transformation through Sustainable Gardening Project has been actively reimagining unused spaces for the creation of sustainable gardening in Cloontuskert, Co Roscommon.

  The project provides community amenities and ‘hands on’ educational opportunities for the Cloontuskert community and environmental groups, developing initiatives like the Green Flag-winning Community Orchard and Community Composter.

  Commenting on the shortlist, Dr. Niamh O’Reilly (CEO of AONTAS) said: “The STAR Awards are an excellent opportunity to celebrate the positive contribution that adult learning initiatives make to individual adult learners, local communities, and the Irish public. The focus this year is on the wider benefits of learning for development of a collective sense of belonging, equality, wellbeing, and growth”.

  STAR Award winners will be announced during the week of the AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival (March 7th to 11th) and a celebratory event will also take place to acknowledge the incredible achievements of all of the groups involved.