Welcome to the School Garden
Our garden is approximately 2 acres in size and to the teachers and children, it is fondly known as the classroom without walls.
In 1990 the idea for this wonderful space was the brainchild of a school parent, Gabrielle O’Herlihy. Embraced by the principal of the time, Gabrielle ventured into the 2 acre rubbled waste at the back of the school with a handful of willing parents, a never ceasing vision, determination and enthusiasm and over the next 25 years, nurtured the space to become the most amazing wilderness garden for the children. Gaining celebrity status on RTÉ several times, the garden has yielded Bronze Age artefacts and biodiversity recognition nationwide. The school has also attained 6 Green School Flags showing our commitment to the planet we live on.
The garden is really a biodiversity science project and with the support of the teachers as much of the curriculum as is possible is taught through the garden. The garden is teeming with wildlife. It contains hedgerow, trees of different varieties, herbs, raised beds and an orchard. Among the growth, it has a pond and a bird hide. After 25 years of running the garden Gabrielle retired but she left the garden in the most capable hands of another wonderful woman, Fiona Fullam. Fiona volunteered in the garden while her two daughters attended the school. A teacher herself with a passion for horticulture, Gabrielle could not have placed the garden in better hands. Through Fiona’s love of teaching and knowledge of the garden, the children’s learning there is supported by the school teachers, the teachers are supported by the Garden & Green School Committee and the Garden Committee’s support comes solely from parents.
Some photos from the early days of the garden…