A busy past fortnight with the clippers being in town, lots happening, lots going on and lost to be proud about. A project which I was involved with were these planter boxes which decorated along the Quayside for the Clippers. There were 12 in total, each planted up by a different school in the town. This one was planted by the kids in Foyleview School, and schools such as Fountain PS, Oakgrove, Gael Scoill Eadain Mhior, St Patricks etc all planted one each. The planters were delivered to the school about a month ago and a class from each planted up the boxes. The plants chosen were a special Biodiversity mix, rather than just doing bedding plants we wanted them to last for a few years and provide some benefit to the insect population of the area. The plantes were all grown locally in New Horizons , the kids had a great time caring for them for the last 2 weeks of school term and then the council collected the planters, and the kids all got to come down for a photo-shoot when the planters were set up. This small project is part of the Derry City Council Pride in our Place programme, this has also seen the Community Gardens in The Fountain and Leafair Park nominated ias best community gardens in Ireland. Next time your walking along the fabulous new Quay...keep an eye out for these planters and see how a simple project can involve well over 200 kids from every corner of the town.
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