Archive: January 2018

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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Biodiversity Summer Camps

Biodiversity Summer Camps kicked off this July with glorious garden tours filled with tree identifying, myth telling, polytunnel exploring and learning about how we influence biodiversity in our surrounding environments both positively and negatively. “Smelly Cocktails” soon followed where the kids got to taste the tangy, homegrown herbs and “pick ‘n’ mix” their own concoctions before finishing with some […]

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Beautiful Spaces Competition 2015 – Enter before 29th May

The Beautiful Spaces Competition 2015, is all about young people improving their local area. You can take on as much or as little as you like! Any group, class, or school can make an improvement to their local area or school grounds and then tell us about it. You can make any sort of improvements… […]

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