Edible Landscape Project

Caithriona McCarthy – ELP Programme Director

Caithriona McCarthy founded the Edible Landscape Project in 2012. It was while living in Spain that she became acutely aware of the importance of community, the food we eat as a community, and how and where that food is grown. This experience, and her subsequent experience advising small Irish development organisations on sustainable business development, led her to create the Edible Landscape Project. She now combines her time as a lecturer in Sustainable Horticulture and Entrepreneurship at Westport College of Further Education (WCFE) in Co. Mayo, with developing community based sustainability projects.

Caithriona graduated with a BA (Hons) from University College Dublin and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from The Michael Smurfit School of Business, UCD. Caithriona’s Master’s Degree in Science from SRUC is in Organic Farming Profession. She speaks fluent Spanish and is a trained yoga teacher.


Paula Halpin – ELP Workshop Leader

Paula is passionate about local issues and community development projects. She is engaged on a voluntary basis with various organisations, including the Quay Community Centre. Paula has an honours Degree in Landscape Design from University College Dublin (1990) and has lectured to third level horticultural students in the National Botanic Gardens. She has also engaged special needs adults with Horticultural Therapy.

Paula set up her own business, Ceres Landscape Design, in 1998.



David Whelan – ELP Business & Policy Development

David focuses on business and policy development for the Edible Landscape Project. He is also responsible for identifying suitable grant and collaboration opportunities. He has more than 20 years direct engineering work experience in the semiconductor capital equipment, electronics and recycling industries. He has a Bachelor of Science (BSc. Eng.) in Mechanical Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology/Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from The Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary for Venture Out Wilderness Project, a social enterprise not-for-profit company limited by guarantee delivering wilderness-based therapeutic programmes to young people experiencing a range of diverse challenges in their lives. David is also an experienced yoga teacher and the author of several works of  historical fiction.


Board of Advisors/Trustees:

Vicky Tindal

Linking ELP to overseas environmental NGOs/INGOs Vicky has a background in both International Humanitarian Aid and Development. She has held a number of posts in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe for organizations such as Trócaire, VSO, the UN WFP and Refugee Trust before moving to Westport where she continued to work as a consultant (CAFOD, Action Aid, Trócaire and Dóchas). She has an MSc in Humanitarian Assistance and BA in Russian and Spanish.

Vicky is passionate about nature, sustainability and the environment.


Sue Callaghan

Linking directly between state/ semi-state groups and ELP District Conservation Officer and Manager of Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre. Sue Callaghan has worked with National Parks and Wildlife Service for over 20 years as education officer, conservation ranger and district conservation officer.

She has wide ranging qualifications from M Phil in Peace Studies, BA in Archaeology and Philosophy, and a Higher Diploma in Conservation Management as well as a FETAC cert in Horticulture.

She has a particular interest in managing public recreation spaces to facilitate connection with nature and encourage a curiosity to discover the natural world.


Siobhan Costello Murphy

Siobhan holds a key role in the development of ELP financial policy. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Accounting and Finance and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA).




Our Supporters & Volunteers

Support for the Edible Landscape Project from local community groups has surpassed expectations and we are grateful to all who have backed us, enabling us to run a number of projects on Westport Town Greenway and at the Quay Community Centre, Westport.
A selection of organisations involved in ELP projects include:
Mayo County Council, South West Mayo LEADER TUS and RSS Schemes, Westport Men’s Shed, Westport GIY, Westport Tidy Towns, Westport Civic Trust, Local schools, Westport College of Further Education, Castlebar Tidy Towns, Healthy Ireland, CYPSC, Andy Wilson at www.fruitand nut.ie, Cleo DeVito at The Good Life Network.