KEEP Autumn School News!

Douglas National School have planted a native hedgerow along the front of the school, every child in the school dug holes and planted the mix of hawthorn, blackthorn, oak, spindle, rowan, crab apple and hazel.

Nuachnabhail National School pruned and trained their willow fence to make a living willow dome and planted lots of vegetables in their raised beds.

Donaghmede National School in Dublin were on Morning Ireland on TV3 (on Tuesday 13th September – check it out on TV3 website!) showing off their vegetable harvest from the school garden.

Fybough National School has been enjoying their living willow fence and dome and planting lots of vegetables and flowers in their raised beds.

Ardfert National School used timber from the Leylandii trees taken down from the school grounds to make six very attractive raised beds and have planted them with a wide variety of vegetables.

Moyderwell Primary School have carried out a school grounds planning day as part of their Biodiversity Green Flag and a group of parents have been working hard on the allotment bed in Moyderwell allotments to see how many different vegetables they can grow in a small space!

Fossa National School have transformed the large raised bed at the froint of the school into a delicious soft fruit and herb area. They have also had a good year of growing vegetables in the raised beds – look out for them as you pass on the main road!

Flemby NS have installed one vegetable bed and planted a small area of native woodland.

Tralee Educate Together ensured each class had a bed to look after by making class by class plans for the garden, each class planted seeds and labelled their areas.  They also visited the farm for a local organic food themed day.

Scoil Realt na Mara had a visit to help plan their summer school garden with parents, teachers and pupils all involved.

Tureencahil National School, Dromclough National School and Cullina National School have all carried out planning days to design their environmental school grounds.

St Brendans National School visited the farm for a day of organic food and wildlife study. Lispole National School and Meenkelly National School both visited to learn about biodiversity to help them with their 5th Green Flag!

Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School transition years have worked hard on their vegetable gardens, native woodland areas, shelter belts and willow fences and one innovative group designed and installed a wildlife pond in the school grounds.

The Tree Nurseries in Schools project will hopefully be continued by Caherleeheen NS, Flemby NS, Nuachnabhail NS, Blennerville NS, Ardfert NS and Shanakill Community Garden.

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School garden tips for Spring

{  Prepare raised beds or dig lazy beds and add manure or seaweed for soil fertility

{  Sow lettuce, scallions, kale and broccoli and sunflower seeds in pots inside

{  Plant broad beans, runner beans, beetroot, spinach, carrots and cut and come salads directly into prepared ground

{  Plant potatoes

{  Plant onion sets and garlic in prepared ground

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KEEP Spring School News

Since September 2010, KEEP has worked with the following schools:

Fybough National School has planted a living willow fence with archways into the orchard and a living willow dome – called ‘The Reading Room’ by the children!

Fossa National School have made a school grounds plan, built 8 raised beds with gravel pathways and planted native hedgerows around their grounds.

Ardfert National School have planted 480 native hedgerow plants around their grounds and mulched them – well done to all their classes!

Tralee Educate Together have made a school grounds plan and done 2 days good work to lay a pathway of recycled slabs, build 4 raised beds, plant a living willow fence and plant a beech hedge.

Castleisland Presentation Primary visited Gortbrack Organic Farm in February to learn about local organic food and biodiversity.

Killorglin Youth Group are doing an ongoing project to learn about organic food production, willow craft and the biodiversity of Kerry.

Stella Maris Secondary and Fenor Priomary School, Tramore, Waterford, both carried out a garden planning day with funding from Tesco Tramore.  Pupils at Fenor built a pond and Stella Maris Green School committee planted an orchard, a soft fruit area and a woodland.

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Tree Nursery Pack

The Tree Nursery Pack is now online thanks to the Heritage Council – open it from the Tree Nursery Project page on our website to learn how to make your own tree nursery in school, home or community garden.

The Tree Nurseries in Schools project was carried out throughout the Autumn term.  Caherleeheen NS, Flemby NS, Nuachnabhail NS, Blennerville NS, Ardfert NS and Shanakill Community Garden successfully grew over 200 trees from seed gathered in Ballyseedy Woods.  Each group had a trip to Ballyseedy Woods to gather more seed to restock the tree nursery and to plant trees that were grown in the first year of the project.  The tree nursery project was rolled out to Co Meath; KEEP ran a weeks training course for educators in Sonairte (the National Ecology Centre). The project was made possible with funding from the Heritage Council.

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Need help with a Green Schools project?

Elemental Education Offers a series of 5 workshops for 3rd to 6th class on the cycles of life. They focus on the essential cycles that ensure our survival on the earth covering the water cycle, photosynthesis, soil formation, mini beast investigation and the carbon cycle.
Each workshop includes explanations, games, quizzes and a practical art & craft session.

The workshops compliment the NCCA Primary School Curriculum and the Green Schools Scheme.

E-mail: kerryearthed@gmail.com

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