Monday, 4 July 2016

Timoleague National School Best Mixed Garden

This mixed school with 157 pupils is located in the beautiful picturesque village of Timoleague  on the Kinsale to Clonakilty coast road. The school is perched at the edge of a long sea inlet in the shadow of the ruins of a 13th century Abbey. Every child got involved in the sowing, planting and caring for their space in the garden and all classes & teachers were involved
The Community Association & Tidy Towns Committee works closely with the school and the general community donated tyres, logs, baths, branches to the garden. They have also donated sinks, toilets, baths, barbeques etc. The parents helped the children planting the 28 window boxes around the village and watered & fed them over the holidays

The School Garden Plans
Following on from last year’s successful gardening, the school decided decided upon for the following for 2015-2016;

  • Introduce the “Learn at School, Grow at Home” to senior infants, 1st and 2nd class. A total of 61 children growing at home.
  • Develop part of the school embankment with a recyclable theme
  • Continue the biodiversity theme on the 2nd embankment
  • Continue the  Community Garden in conjunction with Molaga Tidy Towns, Timoleague Community Association and Timoleague National School
The School Embankment: The school has no grass/garden area. they have developed

two embankments at the side of the school. One of the embankments is home to 'The Learn at School, Grow at Home' project area
The Recycled Garden has Fairies!and individual class planting areas
They have continued with their Biodiversity garden. Last year they focused on bees as it was the Year of the Bee! This year they focused on Butterflies. The whole school was involved in decorating the butterfly garden – classes painted, designed and brought in recycled goods to use in the garden. 

The Community Garden Plans: It was decided that 3 groups would be involved- Molaga Tidy Towns, Timoleague Community Association & Timoleague NS.
Together they developed 3 areas in the garden; a Composting Area, an Outside Classroom and a polytunnel.
Unique Features – a composter built from pallets, a blackboard and logs for seats, beds from tyres and an old bath tub. There is also a rain harvesting system. Well done to all involved

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