Revamp, Renewal & Regrowth

It’s springtime here in EVE Estuary and as part of the arts modules we have been doing a bit of a spring clean.

Our first project involved revamping some old garden furniture that we found laying around the grounds.


Introducing the new and improved ‘Buggy Woggie Bench’.

Catherine Cahill inspired the idea to paint spots on it, when she told us about a friend of her’s doing something similar with a old bench that used to belong to her.

We think that it looks like a confused ladybird.

Our team worked really hard at transforming two wooden chairs and an electrical spool into a beautiful garden set.

Our garden sign was given a new lease of life and a birdbath also underwent a colourful makeover.

We have also begun an experiment with some of the off-cuts from our willow fence.

We planted a cutting of willow at each of the legs of two old wooden chairs. We then intertwined these cuttings into the framework of the chairs. We hope that they will grow into living willow thrones.


Check out our Pinterest board dedicated solely to living willow structures and ideas.

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Recently, Rachel took a walk around our grounds and photographed some of the beautiful examples of plants and trees that we have here in EVE Estuary.

“I especially love a plant called Dicentra, which we have growing just outside the art room in our sculpture garden. In our weird and wonderful world it is a beautiful example of how plants can be seen as living artworks. It’s nickname is ‘Bleeding Heart’ and ‘Lady in the Bath’, can you guess why?” – Rachel Kiernan


As part of the arts module we took a picture of a beautiful blossom tree that is right outside the art room door; once during the winter and once again when it was in full bloom. We love seeing the transformation that occurs when you flick between the two pictures.

The horticulture programme have also been very busy. The bedding at the entrance of our centre is looking great. Having such a bright and colourful welcome every morning is such a joy.


They have also extended the orchard area and planted some saplings around the grounds. DSC_0964

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About HSE EVE Estuary

HSE EVE Estuary Centre is part of Eastern Vocational Enterprise (EVE) and is a training centre for individuals with intellectual disabilities based in Lissenhall, Swords, HSE Dublin North East. We provide a quality service to sixty four individuals.

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