Seven East Cork Schools Win Gardening Award

By Seamus Whelehan

Best New Entry, Joint Winner. St. John the Baptist, Midleton. Included in Photo are Pupils and Teachers and County Mayor Seamus McGrath Mary Stack Cork County Council Annette Lane Muintir na Tire, Conor Nelligan Cork County Council, Miriam Dillon Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey,

Getting your hands dirty sometimes does pay off.
Seven East Cork schools have won prizes in the 2017 Cork School Garden awards.
The competition run by Muintir Na Tire and Cork County Council aims to support pupils and teachers in County Cork to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colours into their school grounds, to promote horticulture and biodiversity, giving students the opportunity to interact with the environment in a positive way.
Scoil Clochair Mhuire Carrigtwohill, St John the Baptist National School Midleton, Cobh mixed National School, Gaelscoil Ui Eigeartaig, Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil Glanmire, Conna National School and Kilcredan National Schools were among the top gardens in East Cork.
Both Cobh Mixed National School and Gaelscoil Ui Eigeartaig were commended for their gardens.
Conna and Kilcredan National Schools in addition to Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil Glanmire were highly commended.
Scoil Clochair Mhuire, Carrigtwohill received the award for Best Bee Friendly Garden, with St John the Baptist, Midleton awarded Best New Garden.
Studies have shown that school gardens promote positive environmental attitudes and provide excellent opportunity to develop more positive attitudes towards science at an early age.
Sean Holland Muintir Na Tire the standard of entry is improving each year making it difficult for the judges.
He thanked the Environment and Heritage section of Cork County Council and Griffins of Dripsey.