Blighs Lane Nursery is a great wee school based up in Creggan. For the past 2 years i've been working with the kids there on and off, but this year i've been able to be there steady throughout the year. We've a nice wee set-up there, with wee raised beds, herb pots, perennials, evergreens, insect habitats, hedgehog houses....but the one thing we never had is Scarecrows...so we put that to an end this year. The kids took to the idea of making a scarecrow like ducks to water.....thankfully mrs gillen's husband 'donated' some clothes lol for Sam....
in no time at all we had mr scarecrow made....he was swiftly named Sam
special gusto was giving to the stuffing of the head with straw....they loved this part...
Now...we had Sam complete and up.....the putting him up was kinda hard work....little did I know that the green hill is a hill 'cos its all rock...but we tried and tried and eventually got a hole big enough to stand him up in..
but Sam looked lonely and the girls decisded that he needed a Mrs Scarecrow to keep him company...so it was back for more Straw (big bags easily got from Harkins Lawnmower repair place in Springtown ind est - 1 bag did the two scarecrows)
and a happy marriage was made....Sam met Sally...sally met sam and they were destined to spend their lifes together. But the kids were worried about them being all alone during the summer holidays, so we decided to give our friends in Fountain Primary School a ring and see if they could make use of them for their Community Garden...and they said they'd be delighted....(we traded the 2 for 40 trees and 12 strawberry plants)
So we took all the kids from Blighs Lane Nursery upto the Fountain PS to perform the 'hand over' ceremony. Great fun was had on the day, all the kids mixing and playing together. Sam and Sally now stand tall and proud in the Fountain CommunityGarden to keep the pigeons away from their cabbages and strawberries....a great project and a great way for kids from different areas to mix...and a partnership was borne between the Blighs Lane Nursery and Fountain Nursery.
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