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. 

We are delighted to be nominated by Carlow County Carlow to represent the county in this year's IPB Pride of Place competition in the 'Community Wellbeing Initiative' category. Judging took place on Tuesday 23rd of July and the results will be announced later in the year. 

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.