SCHOOL GARDENS

Background

I have been setting up organic school gardens since 2007 with Kerry Earth Education Project in Kerry and since 2010 with my own company in Kildare, Dublin, and other places.

Aim

My aim is to guide the teachers, school, and the children in creating edible school gardens and a living classroom. I do this by creating a variety of native habitats in the school grounds such as native woodlands, heritage orchards, wildlife ponds, wildflower meadows, compost areas, and living willow structures.

The children learn all about how to grow their own food, native trees, what plants and animals live in our various native habitats. We do this through practical, hands-on projects and cross-curricular activities.

What I offer

School Gardens Projects

  • Design, set up, ad creation of school gardens
  • Stand-alone projects such as setting up raised beds, planting a woodland, creating a wildflower meadow

Primary & Secondary Schools Programmes

  • Bespoke workshops, specific to what the school is interested in creating from the school garden to native habitats to projects for biodiversity & pollinators

Living Willow Projects

  • Setting up a living willow project in your school, be it an archway, fence, or dome

If you are interested in setting up a school harden or a habitat in your school contact me here.

You can book me through the ‘Heritage in Schools’ scheme, as a heritage expert. Follow the link to my profile to book me (please email me and discuss before booking) here.

Resources on offer

I am the co-author of ‘The Year-Round Organic School Garden’ with Kerry Earth Education Project, Natural Wild Gardens, Biodiversity Connections and Irish Seedsavers, which specialises in aiding schools to set up an organic garden in their school.

If you are interested in buying ‘The Year-Round Organic School Garden’ follow the link here.

Other Resources available:

I was involved in the Bord Bia educational DVD – ‘Setting up Organic Gardens in Schools’ in 2008. Follow the link for educational video and worksheets on how to set up an organic edible garden in your school!

Previous School Garden Projects:

  • Transition Year Programme – Local Food and Horticulture, Salesian College, Celbridge, 2010-2013
  • Woodland and Tree Nursery Programme, in Donadea Woods, 2012-2013. We worked with schools local to Donadea, including Rathcoffey primary school. One class from each school, sessions at Donadea woods, gathering tree seeds, building tree nursery beds and planting tree seeds.
  • Scoil Mhuire, Newbridge, to develop a living willow sculpture and biodiversity garden and visits to Pollardstown Fen as part of the Living Heritage experience for the children.
  • Holy Trinity N.S. Donaghmede – design of garden, setting up of vegetable patch, erection of polytunnel, planting of native woodland and heritage orchard, compost area, wild area, wildlife habitats and more.