Going green in Ballyduff!

Ava Kennelly, Chloe Mannix and Jeremiah Murphy, all fifth class pupils in Ballyduff NS,
pictured lending a helping hand to the Ballduff Men’s Shed last week. All photos by Domnick Walsh
Ava Kennelly, Chloe Mannix and Jeremiah Murphy, all fifth class pupils in Ballyduff NS, pictured lending a helping hand to the Ballduff Men’s Shed last week. All photos by Domnick Walsh

Fergus Dennehy

It was a joint effort between kids, parents and members of the Ballyduff Men's Shed last week as they took part in a new  horticulture programme which saw them ditching phones and consoles for gloves and a trowel instead.

The day out last week was part of a wider adult literacy and basic education programme with the children joined on the day by parents who had no hesitation in getting stuck in with the dirty work.

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 In charge of teaching the kids a thing or two about gardening was Anthony O'Carroll from the Men's Shed and on Tuesday, he spoke to The Kerryman about what the kids did.

"They were setting carrots, lettuce, parsley as well and pumpkins and other things like that as well. They were working in the poly-tunnel and they were picking strawberries, which of course they were eating," he laughed.

"They seemed to enjoy it. They were very active. It's something that a lot of the kids probably wouldn't have had any experience with. It was great to see. They were like young calves after being let out in the field, they were running about the place full of energy," he continued.

Another activity that had the kids full of childish glee was the picking and identifying of bugs living in the area.

"They went off by themselves with their sheets and they were identifying all the different types of bugs they were finding on the ground and in the grass," he finished.

After the success of this year's outing, Anthony said that he hopes that the programme will take place again next year.

Kerryman

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