There was huge excitement for West Cork schools in the County Hall on June 24th, as the Pride in The Community Schools Garden Awards for this year were announced to a packed audience of teachers guests and pupils.
Timoleague N.S scooped the Best Small Garden Award for the second year running, Scoil Mhuire, Schull won Best Edible Garden, Scoil na mBuachailli won Best New Entry and Muinefliuch won the Biodiversity Award. Keakil N.S received a commended award while Goggin’s Hill N.S, Knockskeagh N.S, Scoil Bhride Ballydehob, St Mary’s Primary School Rosscarbery, Scoil Aban Naofa, Rath N.S, Drinagh N.S, Gaeilscoil Dr. Ui Shuileabhain, Carrigboy N.S and Scoil Phadraig Naofa N.S all received Highly Commended awards for their entries.
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 each school developing/planning a garden in their own way. Both adults and students work together to 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.
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. This was then followed by an audio visual presentation that show cased all of the schools hard work. 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.
Annette Lane of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre was highly impressed with 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. Major Alan Coleman was highly impressed with the response to the School Garden Awards 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
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 both students
and pupils. She included the pupils in her speech by asking them about their
recycling. 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. Brendan
Scahill HSE was highly impressed with the commitment of all the pupils
involved and said that pupils would develop life skills by getting out and
enjoying the garden.
The Competition is 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 each school developing/planning a garden in their own way. Both adults and students come together and work together to 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.
County Mayor Cllr Alan Coleman was highly impressed with the response to the School Garden Awards and encouraged everyone to partake again 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.
Full results 2015 Pride in Our Community Schools Garden Awards
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, Dromleigh N.S, Rylane N.S, School of Divine Child Ballintemple, and Scoil Bhride N.S Ballydehob.
Best in Category:
Banteer N.S (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 N.S (Best Innovation Entry)
Organised by Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire Cork County Council