Griffins host school gardens launch

After all the snow and sleet, the ‘Beast from the East’ was finally banished and the sun shone brightly as Muintir na Tire launched Cork School Garden Competition at Griffins Garden Centre. Special guests included the children and teachers of Skibbereen Boys National School, overall winner in 2017, and Coachford and Aughabullogue National Schools. These schools got the opportunity to meet and chat with local beekeepers and learn the importance of Bee friendly Gardening. Margaret Griffin and the local beekeepers are asking schools to help protect our bees and plant bee friendly gardens. Their message is simple, “Plant flowers and bees will follow,” and this year Griffins are again awarding a special award for the best bee friendly Garden. Margaret and her team also gave the children and teachers lots of invaluable advice on recycling and potting up old wellies, old handbags and even using their new compostable coffee cups, which can be planted directly into the soil. The main theme for this year is Climate Change, so be sure to log on to www.muintir to register your school for the 2018 school gardens competition. pics Mike EnglishDSC_3024