COUNTY CORK SCHOOL GARDENS COMPETITION NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

By Seamus Whelehan

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It’s time to shake off the chill of winter and spring into nature, as Muintir Na Tire search to find the next generation of gardeners.  The 2019 Cork Schools Competition has just been announced and is currently accepting applications from schools.

East Cork has a history of success in the competition.  In 2018 Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil Glanmire took home the top prize and, in 2015, Scoil Chlochar Mhuire Carrigtwohill did the honours.

The programme, run in association with Cork County Council and Griffins Garden Centre, seeks to encourage our youth to reconnect with nature and build better food systems.

Today more time is spent connected to iPads and iPhones, and we’ve disconnected ourselves from nature.   As a result experts believe many children and adults have a reduced awareness and a diminished ability to find meaning in life.   While we rush through life in search of instant gratification, fast foods and processed foods are fuelling the obesity epidemic.

Now in its seventh year, the contest highlights school gardening, the pupils and the dedicated adults who teach them.  School gardens are enjoyable, good for health (including mental health) and provide a relaxed environment in which to engage in hands-on, rewarding work.

There are a number of categories in the competition including up-cycling, which is reusing old items in innovate new ways; food production, Biodiversity, Bee-friendliness (with a strong focus on the national pollinator plan) and gardens that have much art and colour.

Entries Close Saturday 13 April 2019. For more information, phone 021 4500688 or email admin@muintircork.com

https://sites.google.com/a/muintircork.com/cork-school-garden-project/Homework--Event-Calendar/entry-form

 

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