Wednesday 24 July 2019

Victory for St Fergal's in school gardening competition

Mary Fogarty

St Fergal's National School has been celebrating its success in winning the Bray schools garden competition earlier this month.

Judges were very impressed by their recently erected polytunnel, the wood chipped path and nature walk, orchard and wildlife areas.

Many parents and extended relatives got stuck in to painting tables, sowing seeds and harvesting produce as well as being creative with paint and wooden toadstools in the woodland area.

'The children have been closely involved with the garden and showed us around with a good understanding of nature,the features of the gardens and what they were doing,' said one of the judges.

They have plans to develop the garden into a community one that will produce St Fergal's recipes next year. They also hope to focus more on developing the wildlife areas so that the school is teaming with life including bees, birds, butterflies and insects. They would love to see more frogs and dragon flies in the pond area and plan to include a splash of colour with murals and friendship benches.

In September, they will harvest what they have grown and the children will invite the community and families to an open day to taste the produces.

'None of this would have been possible without the immense dedication of the hidden man behind the scenes, School caretaker Joe Carroll,' said a spokeswoman for St Fergal's. 'The school community wish to extend a big thanks to him and Ms Connolly for all of their tireless commitment with their dedicated team of parent volunteers.'

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