At this years Garden Show Ireland in Antrim Castle Gardens the Solus Gweedore Level 5 students submitted a show garden in the 'Team Challenge' category. The students had been given a brief to create a Kitchen Garden based on the theme Old V New and in addition to this challenge they were to engage every pupil in Scoil Phadraig, every member of the Ionad Naomh Padraig Youth Club and the users of the Irish Wheelchair Association...and to make it even harder they had a month from concept to delivery...and only 1 day to build it (after 3 hours on the bud to get there!!)
The group had produced a fabulous garden, showing Old V New not only in kitchen garden but also in Energy Production, Music, Transport, People, Fishing, . The garden was full of lovely touches, made by the kids in the school, and every child had a chance to put their 'print' to it - a handprint in paint on the fence. Dobhar had a long standing partnership with Broughshane in Co Antrim and instead of using a Spanish Galleon the guys had used The Mayflower as a nod to their friends in Broughshane. The group obtained a Silver Medal for their garden, coming runners up to South East Regional College HNC Garden Design students.
A super turnout at the Ionad Niamh Padraig centre in Dobhair at the press launch of our Team Challenge garden for Garden Show Ireland. As a centre we're entering a Team Challenge garden, the theme for this year is 'Kitchen Garden' and the kids from Scoil Padraig came up their own theme for our garden 'New v Old'. This project will see Scoil Padraig, Ionad Niamh Padraig Youth Club, Ionad Niamh Padraig Community Garden, Irish Wheelchair Association and the Solas Level 5 Horticulture crew coming together to create this unique community project. Also included in the picture are representatives from Solas Gweedore and National Learning Network, Letterkenny - who are delivering the Level 5 Horticulture Programme for Solus.
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