Tuesday, 30 May 2017

West Cork Schools Gardens visited by Judges

Today was day three of the judging of our schools Garden Competition which promotes gardening in schools. The competition includes elements such as food production, biodiversity and upcycling as well as fun and play, Colour and Art.

 First up was a trip to to  St Patrick's Boys National School in Skibbereen who have developed a wonderful garden on what was once a grassy slope. Features include an amphitheatre, A geodome, a Sensory path and many more elements and every class takes part.



Next up was a trip to Rath NS near Baltimore where they have created a wonderful garden on an exposed site. New elements include some excellent local wildlife painted on recycled slates. They have also begun some work on a wildflower garden to attract butterflies and bees.


Next stop on this trip to west Cork was to the Mizen Peninsula and Scoil Naomh Mhuire. The children here were so friendly and welcoming as they described their garden and all its elements. New features include the addition of a water butt for rainwater harvesting and upgrades to the existing garden.






 Then it was onto Glandore National School who have made great strides forward from last year. Upcoming building work means they have concentrated on container gardening for this year. They have also erected some Bird Boxes that have already attracted nesting Blue Tits.





 Next it was on to the beautiful village of who Rosscarbery where the the pupils of Scoil Naomh Mhuire continue to get great satisfaction from their garden. The pupils here were very welcoming  and took us on a very informative tour of their Garden.
 Our final destination was Ballymoney NS in Enniskeane. The parents teachers and pupils of this school have made great progress in this their first year of gardening. The percussion wall made from recycled material is a novel and colourful addittion to the Garden.
Tomorrow we go to the beautiful Lee Valley area where we are expecting to see many more wonderful gardens

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