|The new illustrated publication by Dr. Mary Stack showing the wonderful work being undertaken by pupils and teachers in school gardens across County Cork|
So much so that Cork County Council have produced a wonderful publication called the The Cork County Pride in our Community – School Gardens Book.
The book was launched this week by the deputy Mayor of County Cork Councillor Frank O'Flynn in the presence of elected representatives, county council staff and community organisations from all over the County
|Lto R Sean Holland Muintir na Tire, Cllr. Kevin Murphy Chairman Environment SPC, Dr Mary Stack author Deputy Mayor Frank O'Flynn and Louis Duffy Director of Services Environment at the launch of the Cork County School Garden Book.|
Promoting environmental education initiatives in schools provides an important educational tool for pupils – tomorrow’s scientists, architects, planners, builders, engineers, farmers, teachers and much more – our future leaders. Highlighting the many projects and the pupils’ creations from the Pride in our Community – School Gardens Competition, we hope schools will learn and be inspired by each other'
|Denis Kelly and Annette Lane of Muintir na Tire with Deputy Mayor Frank O'Flynn at the launch|
Mr Denis Kelly of Muintir na Tire said 'Cork County Federation of Muintir na Tíre administers the Pride in our Community – School Gardens Competition, in partnership with Cork County Council’s Environmental Awareness & Research Unit and the Heritage Unit and Griffins Garden Centre. The aim of our competition is to support pupils and teachers in County Cork, in bringing nature, wildlife, plants and colours into their school grounds. It also promotes horticulture and biodiversity and gives students a chance to interact with the environment and nature in a positive way. Through the competition, we are asking you to tell us about your school garden and all its elements. Taking part in the Pride in our Community – School Gardens Competition is of great benefit to schools working on other environmental projects, by giving them an opportunity to put ideas into practice by: • allowing them create objects and structures inspired by their reuse or upcycling of old objects, • encouraging their ideas for promoting biodiversity and protecting habitats, • supporting sustainable living practices, • supporting climate change initiatives.
Further competition details are available at www.muintircork.com