Meitheal Folláine

Growing Places for Wellbeing or Meitheal Folláine is a Health Action Zone programme. The aim is to support the wellbeing of individuals, groups and organisations in a locally sustainable way. Community Health Workers work with communities to make local biodiversity impacts in imaginative ways.

Enhancing the unloved corners, edges and neglected green areas of neighborhoods improves well-being.

Community gardens and local growing projects contribute to both community and ecosystem resilience. Learning to grow and contribute to imagining local biodiversity improves health for all.

  • Making time to walk in nature improves sleep, reduces stress  and enhances sensory skills.
  • Eating well boosts our mood, our mental health and wellbeing

Our Local community gardens and growing groups helps improve social sustainability. Developing community resilience connects with sources of health and promotes nature based solutions .

Health Action Zone builds on existing services and facilities working closely with community health networks:

  • The Glen Health Action Zone Community garden
  • The Bee Team – Community bee project
  • The Garden Café at the Foyer Blackpool
  • St. Mary’s Primary Care Campus Eco-Therapy garden
  • Springboard Community houses – Farranree and Fairfield meadows
  • Cork City Partnership
  • The Hut Rooftop “Groovee grove”
  • Gurranabraher and Churchfield “Green Spine Initiative”
  • Churchfield Community Trust and Cork University Hospital Food pilot programme
  • Niche Community Garden Knocknaheeny
  • Local Residents Groups
  • Green Spaces for health – Cork Healthy Cities
  • Cork Food Policy Council

Our ongoing participatory project explores practical projects with individuals and groups. The project invites participation from community referral networks. We work using community development partnerships in responding to health needs through empowerment , inclusion and sustainability.

Meitheal Folláine is supporting a series of local Biodiversity Impact Actions.

Contact Micheál  087-3479549 

We evidence key National, European and International community health action strategies.  These include Healthy Ireland, Sustainable Development Goals and Shanghai declaration 2016 –  to inform  practice and programme development process with communities across our projects.




Green Spine initiative

GrooveeGroves@ 🌞 Sun Valley Park – Tús na Choille bhaile bheag

During March over 500 native Irish trees were planted as part of the Gurranabraher and Churchfield Green Spine Initiative. A Micro -urban-woodland of mixed native trees is now growing on a quarter acre south facing bank across from the grotto at Sun Valley Park. The trees were sourced by local group “Treesplease” whose nursery is based in the Churchfield allotments. The planting is a high *Biodiversity Impact Action* that will enhance biodiversity abundance in the area. The close planting of a micro-urban-woodland enables high carbon capture from the atmosphere. Native varieties include birch, alder, hazel, Scots Pine, oak, hawthorn, willow and rowan. We will have another event in May to welcome the trees with the local youth and community groups and workshops learning to support the trees as they grow. 28 apple trees were also planted with Scoil Padre Pio, St Mary’s Primary Care Campus (orthopaedic), B45 and in Sun Valley park. Another Groovee Grove is being established on the rooftop of The Hut to mark National Tree Week and an Oak Ogham Circle in the Quod of St Marys Campus with HSE staff. The initiative is a cooperation lead by Health Action Zone and Youth Work Ireland Cork at The Hut supported by Cork City Council.

The Green Spine initiative continues with local groups in April with more Biodiversity Impact Actions “Sun Valley Park Wildflowers” – Contact HAZ worker Micheál on 087-3479549 or Joe(Youth Worker) at the Hut 0868274863

“Chíonn beirt rud nach bhfeiceann duine amhain”

“2 young people from the Bike Group based in The Hut –  Gurranabraher, who are members of Youth Work Ireland Cork, participating in some Spring activities as part of a new local ‘Green Spine’ initiative in Gurranabraher & Churchfield. Organised by local HAZ Community Health Worker Micheál O’ Connor,  young people, who were accompanied by Youth Worker Joe Curtin, planted 15 trees on the grass bank area along Sun valley Drive. The Green Spine Project is a local open group of Community Members, Residents & Organisations. The groups aim is to improve Biodiversity Impact Actions and imaginative community arts and local area enhancement. Groups participate to explore ways to reimagine, reinvent & take care of our local public spaces. Over 500 native trees were planted”