This is Eibhlín Walsh-Boland’s bright idea for Limerick.

To develop our school garden to incorporate wildlife and pollinators and grow more take-home crops.

HOW WE WILL SPEND THE MONEY

To develop our school garden to incorporate wildlife and pollinators and grow more take-home crops.

We would like to teach the school children, their families and the wider school community about the importance of gardening for wildlife and how this can enhance the environment for everyone’s benefit.

By growing plants to attract and feed pollinators, we would hope to increase our yields of fruit and vegetables which the children currently grow to share with each other and their families.

We are a small school but since we started our garden with 2 tomato plants and 1 pot of potatoes four years ago we have grown so much. We fundraised to purchase a small polytunnel which was put in place last spring and has been in constant use ever since.

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The children use it to grow a variety of crops from salads, strawberries, legumes, potatoes, onions etc. outside we have 3 small beds, one of which is dedicated to growing herbs, one to fruit and one is shared with the fairies as a fairy garden/school/farm & campsite.

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Everything we grow is either cooked and shared in school or brought home to share with their families. Our aim is to encourage the children to be proud of what they can achieve with a little work and knowledge. We incorporate elements of maths, science, history, geography and of course nutrition in to our weekly gardening classes and every year the children save seeds, package them and sell them which goes towards buying new seeds etc. for the garden.

We hope the children will take the skills and experience they gain in the school garden with them throughout their lives and share them with others. Parents and families are fully encouraged and welcome to take part.

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