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The main aim of this urban school garden is to provide a space where children and adults can learn about growing their own food, healthy eating, biodiversity and waste management. Our pupils and parents will also have the opportunity to develop their green fingers and to grow a variety of plants, fruit and vegetables.

The garden will include a poly tunnel, 20 raised beds, wheelchair accessible beds, an orchard, composting systems, a willow teepee, a sensory garden and footpath, and a micro climate herb spiral incorporating a waterfall and pond feature.

Progress in our garden extension project to date:

Under the direction of Monika, one of the parents from Holy Family, the Parent Gardening Group has worked alongside pupils to plant seeds and to undertake some of the preliminary groundworks. A new composter has been recently installed and the Senior School Green Schools’ Committee made a wormery. Áine from Seedsavers has been in to help us map out the garden and to plan some new projects. Shane, our shared HSCL, has been working with some parents in the woodwork room creating bird boxes.

What do we want to do next?

We will plant our orchard, lay paving for paths, install our raised beds and sensory garden. Each class will plant their own raised bed. It will be a great opportunity for children to work co-operatively, to learn about plants, fruit and vegetables, and to have fun!

All are welcome to join the parenting group. They meet regularly and work alongside various classes on gardening activities. We look forward to seeing you at the garden!