Community College Students ‘Busy as Bees’ on Meadow and Garden Project

Mary Walsh, Castleisland Tidy Towns with Castleisland Community College students: Olga O’Sullivan, Micheál O’Shea, Ciara O’Sullivan, Ellie Lenihan, Gráinne Spillane and Chelsey Lane on a voyage of discovery at the start of their ‘Wild Meadow and Irish Garden Planting Project.’
Castleisland Community College students, Rachel O Sullivan and Adam Joy getting into the project with the local Tidy Towns group.

Castleisland Community College students are Busy as Bees with their Wild Meadow and Irish Garden Planting Project.

“Transition year students at the college have been engrossed in learning about the importance of biodiversity and the bee population,” said project mentor and teacher, Doreen Killington.

Field Trip Along The Maine

Mary Walsh of Castleisland Tidy Towns took the students on a field trip of the River Maine to explain the biodiversity found along the river.

“The Transition Year students have since been busy planting a wild meadow and an Irish garden along the vacant land on school grounds which runs adjacent to the river walk.

Biodiversity Improvement

“The incentive behind this is to improve the biodiversity of the river walk. They choose pollinator friendly plants to attract more bees which unfortunately are in decline.

They designed the Irish garden themselves and the project was guided by local horticulturalist Shane Herlihy.

Wild Meadow Plants

“In their Irish garden they planted native plants such as apple trees, Scot’s Pine, heathers, fuchsia and hawthorn.

“The wild meadow includes plants such as daffodils, poppies, raspberries, persicaria and bluebells. Shanahan’s Garden Centre supplied all the plants and we all await for their colourful arrival this year,” said Ms. Killington.

Kerry College of Further Education Briefing

The Kerry College of Further Education and Training will give a presentation to all parents / guardians on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7.30pm in Castleisland Community College.

Kerry College of Further Education and Training offers clear routes to further study, third level, apprenticeships and employment opportunities. All welcome.apprenticeships and employment opportunities. All welcome.

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