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Friday 9 December 2016

Seed bombers strike at heart of city

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SMITHFIELD will soon be a-bloom with colourful wildflowers thanks to a new group of volunteer urban gardeners.

Bi, an offshoot of the Lifeline project, is hosting a 'seed-bombing' event (right) on June 1.

People will be invited to help transform the derelict plot of land near the Luas stop into a city 'meadow'.

The group will show participants how to make a seed bomb - a ball of clay with seeds (inset) that will produce wildflowers that attract and nourish bees.

Bi uses 26 varieties of wildflowers and results will be noticeable in a few weeks.

Gardening enthusiasts will also be able to bring some seed bombs away with them and use them in other areas around the city that need some cheering up.

"There are loads of places that are perfect for this," Kaethe Burt-O'Dea of the Lifeline project told the Herald.

"It's a lot of fun for people to get involved in," she added.

There are several waste ground sites that are perfect for planting and Bi are hoping to attract an "army of bombers", she said.

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