Myself and the Level 5 Horticulture Group from Colgan Hall in Carndonagh had a great time at the official opening of the Caw Nelson Community Growing Space, located at the Caw Nelson Community & Cultural Centre in the Waterside area of Derry/Londonderry. It was great for the students to see another face of Horticulture, not the Botanical or Ornamental side but how it can be used to change areas and benefit communities. The growing space in Caw Nelson is a wonderful partnership between the community and Northern Ireland Housing Executive, which has seen a derelict piece of land transformed into a productive space, with the help of The Landscape Centre . This space in Caw Nelson is just one more of the many great environmental projects which the community have delivered on, as can be seen here on the Northern Ireland Housing Executive website
It was turn of Oakgrove Integrated Primary School to help me with the challenge of planting 10,000 daffodil bulbs throughout Derry/Londonderry with Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
Thanks for the p7s who came out and planted a load of daffodils in no time at all!
Every wee bit ground got packed full of Daffodils in Maybrook Adult Training Centre....we worked our way through 500 bulbs, planting in drifts along the fence and in any bit of ground that was spare!....Poor Tommy (Care Worker) felt the pace and had to have a wee sit down...bless!!
Thursday afternoon I was joined by Ms Adlard and the After Schools Gardening Club in St Patricks for a big of daffodil planting....and boy can these folks motor!!...the group is only small...I think abut 12 but we managed to get about 550 planting in an hour...We're making a massive square of bulbs on the lawn as you look up from the front gate, sounds easier than it is...so the p5's worked out how to make a right angle on bare ground, we made our square and then got planting....mighty craic!
I spent a great day in St Pauls Slievemore Primary School planting Daffodils with the entire School, we planted close on a 1000 daffodil bulbs in the school grounds. It was a mighty day and it was great to have the company of every class from p1-7 come out and plant as many bulbs as each could. We planted the bulbs en masse around the car park areas so visitors to the school next spring will be dazzled by the daffodils for years to come...this is all working towards my challenge of planting 10000 bulbs with Housing Executive this Autumn....and we're getting there!!
My thanks to School Principal Catrina McPheely for helping to make this event possible and to Patrick Duddy from Housing Executive for his on going support with this Bulb Planting initiative.....and most of all thansks to all the kids in St Pauls for a really enjoyable day....and when you look at the pics above its hard to believe these were all taken after they have been planting....not one kid clabbered in muck....
lining the driveway with daffodils
Just Spent as great afternoon planting 1000 daffodil bulbs around the grounds of Steelstown Primary School. Glad to have the guys from Shantallow Community Residents Association to lend a hand digging the holes, although the kids took great enjoyment from using the spades too....
another batch of happy faces....
a total of 4 classes came out to help us plant a serious amount of bulbs, in 4 big areas in the schools grounds. This is part of the 1000 daffodil bulbs i'm planting in Association with Housing Executive this Autumn.....
another happy class
I was delighted to have such energetic kids to help....and to have the great guys from Shantallow Community Residents Association on board to help dig the holes and co-ordinate the whole thing. Its when all these groups come together that events liek this are easy and straight forwards and for many years to come the kids will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labour every spring....
Groarty Primary School
This year in association with Housing Executive I have 10,000 daffodil bulbs to plant....a mighty task...but one that every group I work with rises to the challenge of (last year we planted 8000).
We've an increase this year on numbers so the pressure is on to get them in...and this week we hit the planting hard.
Every child from p1-7 came out and joined the planting in Groarty Primary School with the kids planting 500 in a few hours, a serious clump of Spring colour can be looked forward to!
After planting another 500 with Carnhill Nursery School I then started with the chaps from Maybrook Adult Learners Centre.....but this was Thursday and it lashed all day...so the folks planted a few but then we had to postpone for another day...hense why we're posing in the greenhouse.....
So this week we planted just over 1000, target for next week 6000.....gonna be busy!!
Pictures courtesy of www.patrickduddy.com
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