Scoil Chlochair Mhuire National School Carrigtwohill wins Schools Garden Competition 2015

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Scoil Chlochair Mhuire National School Carrigtwohill wins  Schools Garden Competition 2015

Scoil Chlochair Mhuire Girls National School Carrigtwohill were named Overall Winners at the Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre Pride in our Community School Garden Awards 2015 which were held in County Hall on Wednesday. The Competition is just in its third year and judging from the amount of entries received, the enthusiasm and high standard and quality involved from all the schools it was a huge success. The competition involves schools developing/planning a garden and bring nature into schools.  Both adults and students work together and decide what type of garden they want to create. The competition encourages all students to get involved in working in the garden and the competition also promotes sustainability and biodiversity.
This year the judges were very impressed with the high standard of the gardens involved. Mr Sean Holland introduced the schools involved and congratulated each school individually. The schools were shown an audio visual presentation which show cased all of the schools. Sean then thanked Muintir ná Tíre for all their hard work in making the Pride in the Community School Garden’s Awards a huge success. He also thanked Cork County Council for their huge support.

County Mayor Alan Coleman who presented the awards was highly impressed with the response to the School Garden competition and encouraged everyone to partake next year. He congratulated all the schools and said they were all winners. He hoped next year’s competition would be even bigger and better. Dr Mary Stack, Environmental Awareness Officer, Cork County Council was very impressed with the huge involvement from all the schools and congratulated all the schools on their huge contribution and the amount of work that was done by Parents Teachers and pupils. She said the competition hugely complimented the Green Schools programme, She mentioned in particular the huge amount of upcycling going on in schools.  Conor Nelligan Heritage Officer of Cork County Council thanked everyone for partaking and attending the Awards Ceremony. He said the competition was a huge success and congratulated all involved and he was particularly impressed with the commitment to biodiversity in the schools. Brendan Scahill HSE was highly impressed with the commitment of all the involved and said that children enjoy many health benefits physical and emotional by getting out and having fun in the garden. Annette Lane Chairperson of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre also spoke about  the standard of the gardens entered and spoke about the importance of getting into the garden and “getting your hands dirty.” She asked pupils to think outside the box and to include lots of colour in their gardens. She also thought that the PowerPoints on the gardens was a good way for new entrants to see other school’s work and come up with new ideas.

2015 Pride in Our Community Schools Garden Award Winners Overall Winner:  Scoil Chlochair Mhuire National School, Carrigtwohill.

St. Lachteens N.S Donoughmore, Kealkill N.S
Highly Commended: Scoil Phadaig Naofa N.S, Scoil an tAthair Maitiu N.S,
Scoil Iosaf N.S Castlemartyr, St. Mary’s Primary School Rosscarbery, Glenhulla N.S, CBS Primary School Mitchelstown, Carrigboy N.S Durrus, St. Catherine’s N.S Conna St. Coleman’s N.S Cloyne, Kilcredan N.S, Scoil Mhuire Ballincollig, Bweeng N.S, Scoil Fhursa Lyre N.S, Goggins Hill N.S, Gaelscoil Dr. Ui Shuileabhain N.S, Drinagh N.S,
Knockskeagh N.S, Walterstown N.S Cobh, Canovee N.S, Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil N.S, Gaelscoil Ui Riordain N.S, Rath N.S Baltimore, St. Mary’s School Rochestown, Scoil Aban Naofa N.S, Drimleigh N.S, Rylane N.S, School of Divine Child Ballintemple, Scoil Bhride N.S Ballydehob.

Best in Category:
Banteer NS (Most improved garden)
Scoil Mhuire Schull (Edible Garden)           
Muinefluich N.S Macroom (Bio Diversity Garden)
Scoil Eoin Naofa Ballyclough (Art/ Upcycling in Garden)
Rusheen N.S (Mixed Garden)
Timoleague N.S Second Year Running (Best Small Garden)
Scoil Na Buachailli Clonakility (Best New Entry)
Castletownroche (Most Innovative Entry)

Organised by Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire and Cork County Council

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Wellington Road Cork

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About the Competition:  The competition is run in conjunction with Cork County Council, Environment directorate and Heritage Section and Griffins Garden Centre.  The aim of the “Pride in the Community Schools Competition” is to support pupils, teachers in County Cork, to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colours into their school grounds, to promote horticulture and biodiversity to give students a chance to interact with the environment and nature in a positive way. Studies have shown that school gardens promote positive environmental attitudes and provide an excellent opportunity to develop more positive attitudes towards science at an early age.