St Killian’s Community Garden Brings out the Sun
The weather is absolutely gorgeous in the Emerald Isle today and the Irish Sea has a bright sparkle to it as the DART whisks me to Bray.
I’m heading to St. Killian’s to meet the team responsible for creating a great new Courtyard Community Garden.
As I was guided into the school, the old song that goes “The sun has got his hat on. Hip hip hip hooray…” was buzzing in my head. Anyone else remember that one?
The group at St. Killian’s were great. Warm, inviting and very proud of the new jewel of their school. The project was a fantastic initiative that involved parents, teachers, local businesses and other students in the school – all led by a great group of TY students.
Four girls involved in the project showed me around the garden explaining their inspiration for the project. After last year’s Young Environmentalist Awards, they wanted to do something that would be good for the environment, as well as make a lasting impact in their school.
The result, they transformed a long neglected courtyard into a blossoming garden for everyone in the school and community to enjoy.
“I found this project a very interesting and exciting experience. There was a lot work to be done but with the help of the other years, our classmates, teachers and parents it turned out great and was really worth while!”
What impressed me the most about this project is the creativity. They definitely thought outside the planting box on this one. Instead of a run-of-the-mill garden, the group transformed the space into a work of art using old tyres for potato planters, recycling ferry benches and repainting existing raised beds.
After speaking with a local garden expert and the home economics teacher, the group developed a plan for integrating plants and herbs that would be useful and suitable. They conducted stress tests on the plants to be added to the garden and mapped out the sunniest areas.
The group definitely endured their share of physical labour, building beds, paining, putting up trestles, watering and shifting the tons of clay donated by a local business. Lots of people in the school and community rallied round the project, offering their help with the planting and building.
This is one project that will last well beyond the Young Environmentalist Awards. With plants growing and seeds germinating, the community garden at St. Killian’s is a truly sustainable project, and another impressive finalist in this year’s competition!