Archive: May 2018

Biodiversity Week 2018 – What is Biodiversity?

Biodiversity Week 2018 is upon us so why not take a look at the importance of biodiversity. What is Biodiversity? Bio – “life”; Diversity – “different stuff” Biodiversity is all the different living things that make life possible. Think of it is as parts of a puzzle; having a biodiverse ecosystem allows us to see […]

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Planting for Pollinators

Pollinators support plant growth and make your garden more fruitful than without them. When they stop by your garden, they take nutrient rich pollen to help neighbouring areas. You may have heard dystopian worries of a future world without bees, but it’s easier to avoid this than you think! You can help keep bee populations […]

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Back in the Garden

Preparing the Beds The end of winter is often more predictable than this year, but don’t worry, you can still start on your garden! Even with the extra wet soil, we are preparing the ground for seed at the Green Living and Sustainability (GLAS) Community Garden. Throughout the winter, we covered the beds with cardboard […]

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Empowering Students to Become Environmental Champions – One Workshop at a Time

There are many aspects to environmental education. In response to this, Global Action Plan Ireland(GAP) has developed workshops around the six themes students can easily relate to and understand. Each workshop is tailored to student capacity to maximise understanding and ensure positive, sustainable behaviour change. These workshops also compliment the national curriculum in an interactive […]

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The Park Stewardship Programme: The Value of Birds

As we near the Christmas holidays, we’re busy wrapping up one of our many schools’ programmes for the year. One such programme, Global Action Plan Ireland’s 10-week Park Stewardship Programme, aims to engage local young people in supporting the long-term care, ownership, and protection of local parks. This increases appreciation for the parks and ensures that […]

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Youth Gardening Workshops

Our Youth Gardening Programme is available as a tailor-made programme spanning a number of weeks or as individual workshops.   HOW INVOLVEMENT IN GARDENING BENEFITS YOUNG PEOPLE: Gardening benefits kids’ health and well-being, their attitudes towards learning and the environment, their connections to community, and so much more. When it comes to vegetables, if they grow […]

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The Irish Spud – Growing Potatoes

There are 1000’s of potato varieties, each with distinct colours, shapes and flavour. As Ireland’s most well known veg it is worth growing potatoes even if you only have the smallest of spaces. SEED POTATOES: Seed potatoes aren’t really seeds at all. They are full-size potatoes that are allowed to start producing shoots, which you often see […]

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Gardening for Mental Health

Today marks The World Health Organisation’s World Mental Health Day 2016. At GAP we believe that community gardens are part of our ideal sense of what a community should be. And so their value is priceless. Each autumn, the culinary benefits of gardening overflow into our kitchens. But the benefits of horticulture extend much further….   We […]

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Park Stewardship Programme

The Park Stewardship Programme has returned and we’ll keep you updated on all of the great work St Josephs and Virgin Mary Boys accomplish: ABOUT PARK STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMME (PSP): This 10-part workshop introduces students to the concepts of sustainability and stewardship with hands-on workshops between classroom and parks on a range environmental themes. The objective […]

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Harvest

    Virgin Mary Boys NS harvest at the VM community garden….      

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