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School Garden Project

Saying goodbye to our old school also meant saying farewell to our lovely school garden. While we were sad to see our garden disappearing it also opened up for us the challenge of creating  a new school garden. And as you know there is nothing the boys here at Bunscoil Buachaillí Realt Na Mara enjoy more than a challenge. With this is mind we set about  finding funding for our task and thanks to the very generous response of parents to our appeal and a grant from Meath County Council we secured funds to begin work .

Step 1;  We took an audit of what we had and didn’t have in our garden. While we had some trees the list stopped there.!

Step 2; Our Wish List-    Very long but very worthy

1. A  native hedgerow-   For the birds, for shelter, for  beauty ,for food…….
          Holly – Evergreen and berries in Winter for hungry birds
          Hawthorn -  Autumn berries and Summer flowering
          Dogwood---- Beautiful red branches in Winter
          Hazel ---- a native species which will provide shelter
          Beech ---  spectacular in Autumn/ Winter

2.  Our very own orchard with fruit trees native to Co Meath

          Blood of the Boyne Apple Trees
          Ross Non Pareil       Apple Tree
          Victoria  Plum
          Crab Apple
We need a variety of fruit trees to ensure pollination.
3. A Woodland with a woodland walk

      A variety of woodland trees
        Oak,    Beech,    Horse Chestnut,   Silver Birch,   Holly,       Scots Pine ,   Hawthorn,    A  vareity of  evergreen trees .

Our dream is to create a woodland with  bluebells
, wild garlic,   ferns,   spring  flowers,   cyclamen and hopefully some day have hedgehogs and squirrels come to visit.

4.  Homes for birds,  insects,  hedgehogs.

   Bird feeding tables,  bird nesting boxes,  hedgehog boxes,  bat boxes etc.

5 .   Composting area and water collection system
             Compost bins and water butts

6,      Raised Vegetable beds
             Raised beds where boys can grow and harvest  their own             vegetables .And maybe even cook up a nice tasty soup in our school kitchen.

The Good News
Parents responded and armed with spades, trowels and a lot of energy work began in November,

Our  hedgerow ( all 300 plants ) is planted and hopefully will settle in well over the Winter.

Our orchard is planted with five fruit trees .

Work on the Woodland has begun and will be completed after Christmas.  

A  lot of daffodils, crocuses and tulips have been planted.

Now its time to take a break and work will resume in the New Year!
Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day !! The garden is a work in progress !
Goodbye to our lovely Cherry Blossom Tree

Hello to our New Garden

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