Today the Judges moved closer to the city with visits to Cobh, Douglas, Knockavilla Ballincollig, and our very Special School of the Divine Child in Ballintemple.
Douglas also has a link to our maritime history. During the Napoleonic War Sailcloth was produced locally in Douglas for the Royal Navy. Our vi it to Douglas was to St. Columbus Girls National School and we were greeted by a feast of colour and Art. The students here utilised the skills of parents and grandparents to create beautiful Fairy Houses which now adorn the garden. Food production is also to the fore as well as a hidden gem which they refer to as their 'Bog Garden'
Scoil Mhuire have also installed a polytunnel with help from a LA21 grant through Cork County Council. Beetroot potatoes tomatoes and other fruit and veg are thriving in the polytunnel. Well done to all involved.
We received a great welcome from Delores Daly and the rest of the staff and pupils of St Patrick's special school . This is a little oasis of colour and food production in Rochestown and the boys and girls have learned so much about about growing fruit and vegetables. Indeed I sampled one of their fine strawberries and it passed the taste test with flying colours. The colour and art is very evident here as the children's knowledge about their garden and how it grows. Well done to everyone involved.
To all thirty seven schools visited over the last few weeks on behalf of the judging panel I would like to thank you for your kindness and the pleasant welcome bestowed on us.
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