23January2018

McCausland Opens Much Anticipated Play Park in Downpatrick

The new facility, which was financed by the Northern Ireland Executive through the Department for Social Development's Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Fund, provides a state of the art play area for the children of the Flying Horse Estate, The Model and The New Model Estates.

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Students Learn to Protect Burren Through New Eco Book

A new book that encourages young people to keep the Burren clean and sustainable is being used by students of Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna to rollout an innovative environmental project.

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How To Make a Natural Christmas Flower Arrangement - Dee Sewell

I often speak about the social element of community gardening being one of the main reasons people continue to come along – the lure of the garden may entice men and women in the first place but it’s the companionship that generally keeps them there.

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Planting Teasels in Clooney Centre - Gareth Austin

This past week we've been planting Wild Teasel in pots with the Youth Club in Clooney Centre. Wild Teasel is a super plant for attracting a whoel host of beneficial insects to the garden and many garden birds go mad for the late summer seed heads, the flower can also be dried for flower arranging or if left tall and proud looks class covered in autumn dew or frost.

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Every NI School Should Be An Eco-School

Visiting Sacred Heart Primary School in Derry, the Minister met with the young Eco-Committee which will lead the school and the wider community as they embark on changing attitudes to and behaviours for the environment.

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Irish Water Teams Up with An Taisce Green-School

Irish Water has teamed up with An Taisce to support schools undertaking the Water theme of the Green-Schools programme throughout Ireland. The Water theme aims to increase awareness among primary and secondary school students about water conservation.

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Teagasc

Science Week at Teagasc

During Science Week (November 10-17) Teagasc research centres and colleges invite local schools to meet its research and teaching staff and learn about the work Teagasc does to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bioeconomy that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability.

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Living Heritage Cookery Event with Chef Emmett McCourt - Gareth Austin

Some pictures from the amazing day that the schools had with chef Emmett McCourt from the Irish Food Heritage Project, celebrating their Lumper potato harvest in the Living Heritage project

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Sunflowers...Something About Them Makes Me Smile - Gareth Austin

At the end of April we held a great workshop in Clooney Community Centre where we sowed pots of Giant Sunflowers, aswell as the kids getting some I planted a few pots up myself too...and planted these at Maybrook Adult Training Centre...and they came out wonderfully.

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Gracedieu Community Woodland Planting Day

Thanks to the recent volunteer day our Gracedieu community woodland should be clear and ready for planting. The trees won’t plant themselves so come along and get stuck in! The NWT believes that community involvement is vital to the success of our reserves so whether you can spare an hour of your time or would like to spend the day every little helps.

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3-Year Schools for Resilience Comenius Project

Cultivate is looking forward to joining a European team for the Schools for Resilience programme. The project kicks off in January 2014, and culminates in an event at the Cloughjordan ecovillage in the last year of the project.

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Multi Sensory Gardens, Darkness & Light - Dee Sewell

We usually visit gardens by day but there's one series of gardens that simply must be seen during the winter darkness and they're at The Delta Centre in Carlow. Delta Centre SculptureFrom the 7th to the 22nd December the twenty multi sensory gardens are lit up with sparkling lights, helping to create a magical place that appeals to both young and old alike.

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Biodiversity for Kids: Irish Peatland Conservation Council

In the Bog of Allen Region of Kildare, a BioBog Education Programme focusing on biodiversity hot spots aims to raise awareness of wildlife and biodiversity for the benefit of young children and school students and for the future of the country.

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Garden Academy Launch for UK Young People

Cold temperatures, wet weather and dirt appear to be putting off the next generation of gardeners. According to a new poll, two-thirds of 16 to 25-year-olds are turned off from green-fingered work due to the consequences of wintry weather, while 33% admit to favouring a role where they can remain clean and dry.

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Children ‘Lack Contact with Nature’

Only one in five British children are said to be close to nature, amid growing concerns that new generations have little contact with wildlife. A mere 21% of children aged between eight and 12 in the UK have a connection to the natural world that could be considered as “realistic and achievable” for youngsters, an RSPB study suggests.

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Songs About Flowers

Flowers have provided inspiration for a lot of artists, from legendary painters like Claude Monet to fashion designers such as Christian Dior. It makes sense that blossoms would play a role in their work, as their bright colors, soft petals and unique designs are considered universally beautiful. Many famous musicians, too, have used flowers as a focal point for their songs.

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Glen of The Downs Tree Walk

The lands surrounding the Glenview Hotel in Glen of the Downs, Co. Wicklow are home to some of Ireland’s most beautiful and rare native woodlands. There is a woodland walk which starts in the gardens of the hotel and takes you into the glen past babbling brooks and mature trees.

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Farnaght Family Scavenger Hunt

Our beautiful Farnaght reserve is open to the public and is a lovely place for a walk or picnic. To raise awareness of the location of this reserve we will be running a fun family scavenger hunt. Teams of families or friends will solve riddles and follow clues making their way around the reserve to find the hidden message; there will be spot prizes on the day and treats for the kids.

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