On December 12th 2008 Paddy Madden from Heritage Council visited our school. He met with all the children on the green schools committee. He spent 4 hrs with us, during which time he designed and drafted a plan using the most suitable sites for optimum growth from the areas available to us. He clearly explained a plan to us after which the children returned to their classrooms and were given time to draw up a plan of what they heard. They returned later with excellent sketches which were displayed on our green schools notice boards.
Our garden contains the following:
- 12 raised beds (dimensions 2m x 1m) made by Dave our caretaker and painted. Each bed is assigned to a class to plant with an early crop of potatoes to be harvested in June.
- A multi-sensory garden – again a raised bed made by Dave and constructed in the shape of spokes of a wheel. The five senses will be represented by different plants.
- 90 trees – 90 native trees planted – slits were prepared in the garden using some parents and then we held an “Arbour Day” in March where 3 children per tree planted in two areas, in our cultivation area (adjacent to raised potato beds) and an area facing Mr Brown’s office, which was very bare. The trees planted were Rowan, Birch, Ash, Alder, Aspen, Crab Hollies, Hazel, Whitebeam and Oak.
- Log piles – were placed in our cultivation garden to attract minibeasts.
- Benches – again were constructed by Dave and placed in our garden to give children an opportunity to relax and take in their surroundings.
- A composting area – 2 compost bins were placed also in the garden to be used during the year as the children tend to their raised beds.
- A multi-cultural bed – flower/plants representing nationalities within our school.
- During the year a scarecrow making competition is held and each class is encouraged to take part.