Belgrove Senior Girls’ School has a wonderful garden which was created out of wasteland by a group of interested parents approximately 6 years ago. The garden occupies what was a derelict  space behind the portakabins in the main yard. A specially designed low maintenance garden was created that offers the girls a space to hold an “outdoor classroom”,  and it has art benches , picnic tables and seats. There are vegetable beds which the girls plant up in May and then harvest in September. There are fruit trees including figs, pears and many native Irish apple varieties. There is a fantastic patch of Autumn fruiting raspberry canes, and a vine which has produced enormous juicy grapes in the past. A bug hotel was built to encourage wildlife in the garden, and it sits in a “wild patch” in the garden so the girls can observe all sorts of insect life. We have found frogs in the garden on many occasions much to the girls’ delight.

As we wanted to fit with the green school ethos, the composting of all the classroom and staffroom  organic waste takes place in our compost bins, and rainwater is collected from the roof of the portakabins which is then used to water the garden . Some railway sleepers were recycled from the Wooden Bridge when it was being reconditioned , and these have been used to create a footbridge across a river of blue spring bulbs. There are many seats to sit on and enjoy the outdoors, and in the past the garden has been used by classes for reading sessions, maths trails, communion day planting projects, and also by the older girls for lunch during the Summer months.

The girls have recently harvested potatoes, onions, pumpkins, apples, pears,  and raspberries so it is time now for the Autumn weeding and clean up. If you would like to help out, or if you would just like to see the garden please drop in on Saturday October 11th between 10am and 1pm. All ages are welcome, and no experience is necessary.  Hope to see you then.

Martha Holmes 087 2263831  and Claire Roddy 087 2456404