Tuesday, 6 June 2017

East Cork Schools Blooming Great

Today was day six of our Cork Schools Garden Judging. This competition is organised by Cork County Federation of Muintir na Tire, which is a federation of over fifty Community Councils all over County Cork. This competition is run with great help from The Environment and Heritage sections of Cork County Council and our friends in Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey, which is Ireland's only Five Star Garden Centre.
Our first port of call was Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil in Glanmire and their newly relocated school garden. The amount of work done already in this garden is tremendous and incorporates many elements including food production, Colour and Art and Upcycling. Thanks to all the teachers and pupils for a very warm Cead Mile Failte.

Then it was on to Carrigtwohill and another warm welcome in Scoil Clochair Mhuire which is about to become a co-educational next Bees Fairies and Goblin BFG Garden. There were lots of busy bees on hand to welcome us into their new section which is proving a great attraction to pupils and visitors alike.

Our next call was to the bustling town of Midleton and St. John the Baptist National School. This garden is an oasis of food production colour and nature in the town. They have developed a wonderful garden here which combines Colour Art and planting. They also sell their fresh organic produce to parents every week. Thanks again for the wonderful welcome.

Then we headed east to Kilcredan National School near Ladysbridge where they also have a wonderful garden with lots of Vegetables, herbs, fruit as well as plenty of Art and Colour and upcycling. Here also the children and teachers were very welcoming and knowledgable about their garden and they have recently started their own orchard with Pears Apple and Plum trees.

Our final visit of the day was to Ballycroneen National School near Cloyne. This is a newly developed garden with great potential on the site. They have lots of food production with vegetables herbs and flowers as well as colour and Art and upcycling. Once again the children were most welcoming and knowledgable about their garden. Well done to all in East Cork.

Tomorrow is the final day of judging and we are closer to the city with visits to Cobh, Douglas, Knockavilla Ballincollig, Rochestown and our very Special Schools.

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