Schools, more and more, are taking interest in the natural world around them, bringing the teachings of the natural world into the classroom and getting out and about in the school garden. School gardens are enjoyable places: good for health (including mental health) and for hands-on, rewarding outdoor work. In recognition of this, Muintir na Tíre in association with Cork County Council (Environment and Heritage Sections) and Griffins Garden Centre, has for many years (since 2013) been running a school garden competition and 2020 has seen Cork City enter the fold for the first time.
The competition is growing in popularity year after year. There are many different categories that schools can apply for, which include up-cycling (reusing old items in innovate new ways); food production, Biodiversity, Bee-friendliness (with a strong focus on the national pollinator plan) and the use of Irish in the garden. The Irish Language is a key priority in the County Cork Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022 and in recognition of Creative Ireland there is also a Creative Ireland Award for the most creative garden, incorporating art, colour and ingenuity.
Due to the present scenario regarding Covid-19 the 2020 Competition is on-hold but notwithstanding this, the decision has been taken to undertake a short documentary/promotional video, highlighting the benefits of the Competition and the difference it is making. The video will be finalised and made available in late 2020.
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.