Green Schools

Green-Schools is Ireland’s leading environmental management and education programme for schools.

Promoting long-term, whole-school action for the environment Green-Schools is a student-led programme with involvement from the wider community. The programme is operated and coordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce (FEE member for Ireland).

Green-Schools’ mission is to protect planet Earth – our shared home to which we all belong. Presentation Tralee is very proud of our long-standing participation in this programme.

Further information can be found on the Green Schools Website Here.

 

Pres Organic Garden

Our organic garden was started in 2016 when we fundraised and erected a commercial size polytunnel. The transition year students constructed raised beds that year and our growing began. Since then we have added a beautiful wildflower garden, three raised outdoor beds. We have planted a woodland with about 100 trees grown from seed by our own students and in 2020 we added a new composting area complete with three bay compost system, a box wormery, leaf mould composters and a small enclosed composting bin.

The garden is used and enjoyed by the whole school community, it is primarily maintained by the transition year students as part of their Agricultural Science and Science courses and also by the Garden Club which is open to all students and is held once a week after school. A committed group of school staff and volunteers run a garden committee that plan and help in the day to day activities.

Tasks depend on the time of year of course and many are weather dependent. The students learn about planning the growing season, preparing beds and pots for planting, using organic principles to fertilise the soil and for pest and disease control.

Maintenance of the garden involves weeding, planting, pruning of our trees and willow “fedge”. Bringing in manure and seaweed to the beds , watering when required. Harvesting the produce when its ready is very exciting. Cleaning and tidying the tunnel. Adding to and turning the compost, At Christmas we make wreaths and decorations to sell and in the spring we grow vegetable and flower plants from seed to plant in the school garden and some extra to sell to our school community all funds that are raised are used in the upkeep and improvement of the garden. In short there is always something to do in the garden but many hands make light work and outdoor activities are so much safer at the moment.

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