Monday, 29 May 2017

West Cork School Gardens Blooming Great

Today is the second day of the Cork School Garden Judging and the judges visited five schools from West Cork. First up was an early call to Ardfield National School who once had Sam Maguire as a pupil. The school has done great work since we were there last year. A new themed playground with a replica Galley Head Lighthouse at its centre makes this garden a very fun place for all its pupils.

Next up was a visit to Scoil na Buachaillí in Clonakilty where the boys were very knowledgeable about all aspects of their garden and gardening. They had lots of vegetables herbs and Flowers growing in various locations around the school.

Then it was on to Timoleague National School where they make great use of a limited space  to create a wonderful garden and where children learn to garden in school and grow at home. They also have strong links in the Community and have developed  a community Garden in conjunction with the local tidy towns group.

Bandon Town  was our next destination where we visited Scoil Naomh Phádraig where the boys have been working hard on improving their garden. New pathways and a seat made from a tree trunk are very impressive and really add to this garden. A bumble bee made from plastic bottles overlooks some very impressive raised beds.

Our final destination for the day was to Ballyheada National school who are new to the competition. The amount of work they have done in such short period of time amazing. Each class now has its own raised bed where they grow a variety of vegetables in their courtyard garden

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