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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