Local Elections 2024 – Plant for the Future

Posted on: 25/01/2024

Community Gardens Ireland are a voluntary, independent, inclusive group that works with all agencies and groups that promote environmental awareness and support community gardening and food growing in all parts of the island of Ireland. 

Community Gardens Ireland strongly believe that the Local Elections in 2024 will be one of the most important elections in recent history. 

Over the coming months, you will hear from candidates in your area seeking your vote. We ask that you vote to Plant for the Future!

Local Election Actions for Candidates

We have prepared a list of 10 actions that will positively help communities throughout Ireland, along with helping as positive actions for climate change and biodiversity. 

We have contacted all parties to encourage them and their candidates in the Local Elections 2024 to Plant for the Future and back the below 10 actions:

Plant for the Future 

1. Support the provision of more allotments and community gardens

2. Recognise community gardening for climate adaptation and biodiversity

3. Encourage councils to use vacant and derelict land for community gardening

4. Add a council contact for community gardening on council websites

5. Measure current demand for allotments and community gardens

6. Celebrate National Allotments and Community Gardens Week

7. Promote organic and sustainable gardening practices

8. Support more community composting programmes

9. Create seed libraries in council library offices

10. Develop more school gardens

We believe that the above actions will deliver the capacity for communities throughout Ireland to become that communal force for positive change. 

We urge all candidates to support our Plant for the Future call for the Local Elections 2024 by posting #PlantForTheFuture on social media platforms.

Contact your Candidate

If you are in discussions with your local candidates about more green space in your area, please consider sending the below template to them:


Dear Candidate,

The upcoming the Local Elections in 2024 will be one of the most important elections in recent history. 

Community Gardens Ireland have prepared a list of 10 actions that will positively help communities throughout Ireland, along with helping as beneficial actions for climate change and biodiversity. 

We encourage you in the Local Elections 2024 to Plant for the Future and back the below 10 actions: 

1. Support the provision of more allotments and community gardens

2. Recognise community gardening for climate adaptation and biodiversity

3. Encourage councils to use vacant and derelict land for community gardening

4. Add a council contact for community gardening on council websites

5. Measure current demand for allotments and community gardens

6. Celebrate National Allotments and Community Gardens Week

7. Promote organic and sustainable gardening practices

8. Support more community composting programmes

9. Create seed libraries in council library offices

10. Develop more school gardens

The above actions will deliver the capacity for communities throughout Ireland to become that communal force for positive change. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information on the above. 

Best regards,


Posted on 25/01/24. Thanks to Justyna Traore for the design of the Plant for the Future images. Contact us at info@cgireland.org for additional details on any of the above. See here for our post on the European Elections 2024.

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