The Wallflower Initiative

The Wallflower Initiative

2015/2016 Projects

This project will facilitate students to teach clients of Simon Community Galway how to repurpose/recycle/reuse materials in a sustainable manner in order to create vertical gardens.


Operating as a social enterprise, the project will run three separate week-long crash courses with the aim of empowering people through skills development and engagement with the university community. The output of the project will be a vertical garden kit using recycled materials (such as vinyl) as the base. In addition, the kit will contain seeds and soil. With 66% of the world’s population said to be living in highly populated urban areas by 2050 (UN, 2014), urbanisation and lack of green space is an ever growing problem. Vertical gardens surmount the issue of lack of space for a garden and are a beautiful addition to indoor or outdoor wall space. As well as this, they support recycling and facilitate the health benefits associated with plants and gardening.

Project Team & Links

Lead student partners: Aaron Molloy
Lead staff partner:  Michael Campion

Student partners:
Aaron Molloy
Danielly Ferreira Oliveira de Paula,
Orlagh Reynolds

Staff partners:
Michael Campion