Welcome to An Gairdín Beo, a two-acre community garden in the centre of Carlow town where people work together then reap the rewards together. 

A 20-year lease from the Sisters of Mercy means we can take a long-term view of how it can serve the Carlow Community. In 2014, the possibility of a community garden being created on what was then an overgrown site began to be explored. In 2015 a Board of Directors was established and An Gairdín Beo has since registered as a Charity. 

Our ethos is based on valuing diversity, sustainability, organic methods and indigenous species. The overall vision of the garden is of a space where people can connect more with nature, with the growing and making of food and with one another.