Thursday, 1 June 2017

Judges visit Cobh and North East Cork

Today is day five of the Muintir na Tire Schools Garden Competition which aim to support pupils, teachers in County Cork to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colour into their school garden/grounds, to promote horticulture and biodiversity and to give students a chance to interact with the environment and nature in a positive way. 
Our first visit to day was to the beautiful Coastal town of Cobh and the courtyard garden in Gaelscoil Ui Eigartaigh. This is the first time this school has entered the competition and they have achieved so much in their first year. Despite the rain today the children were very enthusiastic in showing us their work and knew so much about their garden and its elements.

Next up was a visit to Conna and a visit to the local national school who make great use of the very limited garden space. Despite the limitations of space everyone involved in  the school have managed to include vegetable growing, upcycling and biodiversity and lots of Colour and Art.

In Ballygiblin near the border with County Tipperary the local national school have also developed a beautiful Courtyard Garden with a solar powered water feature at its centre. They are planning to extend their garden to include extra elements in the future.

Umbrellas were again to the fore as we visited Mitchelstown CBS whose small garden incorporates so many elements. They include food production, upcycling, colour and art, rainwater harvesting, and many more especially fun and play

Our final visit visit of the day was to the beautiful village of Ballyhooly and the local national school. This school is very much involved in vegetable production and are producing vegetables of the highest quality. They also sell some of their produce to parents and others

We look forward to visiting some more schools next week. Lets hope we have better weather.

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