School Garden Competition Launched

Frozen’s Olaf hosts Ugly Veg Picnic for School Gardening Kids

Frozen’s Olaf hosted a special ugly vegetable Picnic to launch the Muintir na Tire School Garden Competition yesterday. Children from Canovee, Rusheen and Rylane National Schools were invited to the picnic by Olaf in Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey where they enjoyed all sorts of goodies. Even Deputy Mayor Councillor Aindreas Moynihan dropped in to wish all the schools taking part in this year’s copmpetion well. There were plenty of ugly veg were on display and Olaf reminded us  that this is perfectly good food and should not be wasted. The competition is now in its third year and continues to grow with many schools recognising the benefits of having a school garden. Schools have all sorts of options when it comes to choosing which type of Garden they can enter.
Garden Categories include Edible Garden, Biodiversity/Wildlife Garden, Up-Cycling Art and colour Garden, Mixed Garden,   Small Garden, Best New Garden , Innovation and Creativity and the overall best  Pride of County Cork Garden  All  schools all automatically judged for this Award.
 Mary Stack Environmental Awareness Officer of Cork County council encouraged schools to rethink, repair, refurbish along with reusing & recycling items in their garden as this is very important for the environment. Conor Nelligan Heritage urged schools to think Biodiversity when gardening. He particularly suggested the inclusion of natural hedges, log piles, bird boxes, bird tables, wildflower meadows, nature-trails and the use of native flora.
Sean Holland of Muintir na Tire who co-ordinate the competition thanked Cork County Council and Griffins Garden Centre for all their support in organising the Competition.
Olaf urged all schools to try and enter online at as this is kinder to the environment and Deputy Mayor Moynihan said that information packs can also be ordered online at the Muintir na Tire Website.  

For Full details of the competition
Telephone 0214500688