Our garden is watched over carefully by our scarecrow - a female of course!
Our garden is a very important part of our school life. Children get to see part of rural life in the suburbs. They get the opportunity to plant seeds, do some weeding, add compost (which we make ourselves) and learn about the importance of crop rotation.
Every class has its own cultivation plot where a variety of vegetables are grown each year. This year we harvested potatoes, peas, carrots, beetroots, turnips and strawberries. Our sunflowers were taller than most of the girls themselves! We have created a nectar patch in our wildlife garden, the purpose of which is to encourage butterflies to come to the garden.
We have a hardworking group of parents who help out regularly in the garden - and all of their work is coordinated by Mrs O'Sullivan; who herself gives many hours of her own time to ensure that there is great growth each year.
In the garden we have a sample of many trees that are native to Ireland around the grounds and/or in the garden. We have horse chestnuts, lime trees, cherry blossoms, willow, blackthorn and a young mountain ash. This year, the year of the Birch, the girls in 5th class planted a birch tree.
This autumn the girls, with the help of Mrs O'Flynn, made hedgehog nests which should be very cosy for some hedgehogs. There is a resident squirrel in the garden, which we see from time to time and also a resident fox.
Our new potatoes
Our green beans
This creepy visitor looks after our garden over Halloween
Animals in the garden
Mr and Mrs O'Flynn came in and put up all our animal boxes/houses/feeders in our school garden.
We have been working hard to keep our school garden looking bright and colourful. Our newly constructed Sensory Garden is the perfect place to really enjoy the wonders of nature and to soak up its beauty.