Getting your hands dirty does, sometimes, pay off. 12 East Cork National Schools have won prizes in the 2019 Pride in our Community School Garden Awards.
The competition, run by Cork County Federation Muintir Na Tire and Cork County Council, aims to support pupils and teachers in Cork County to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colour into their school, to promote horticulture and biodiversity. The programme provides students with an opportunity to interact with the environment in a positive way. Studies have shown that school gardens promote positive environmental attitudes, and provide an excellent opportunity to develop more positive attitudes towards science at an early age.
The 2019 East Cork Pride in Our School Garden Winners are:
Overall School Garden of the Year, Conna National School.
Gold medal to Scoil Clochair Mhuire, Carrigtwohill with St. Coleman’s N.S.
Special Awards went to Cloyne National School for Most Improved Garden, Inis Rath, Little Island for the Most Bee Friendly Garden, and Holy Family N.S., Shanagarry for Best New Garden.
Inch National School, Killeagh and Scoil Mhuire Naofa Carrigtwohill were highly commended in the New Garden category, whilst Scoil Īosaf National School Castlemartyr received a similar award for their small garden.
Scartleigh N.S were also highly commended for their Biodiversity, along with Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil, Dunkettle who received the award for Food Production while Park NS, Youghal received theirs for the Best Fun and Play garden.
Gaelscoil Choráin, Youghal were the twelfth school to receive a citation, commended for their New Garden.