The sun shone brightly in Dripsey as the team at Griffins Garden Centre pulled out all the stops to get everything ready for the official launch of the seventh Muintir na Tire Cork School Garden Project. Mr Seamus Forde County Chairman Muintir na Tire was on hand to welcome the large crowd to the launch. Muintir na Tire, Cork County Council Environment and Heritage Sections and Griffins Garden Centre have all come together to organise this exciting competition and over twenty primary schools across the County have already entered. Mr Sean Holland, Chairman of the School Garden Project, said that this Year the theme is ‘Climate Change and Gardening’ and there will be special awards for garden elements that include upcycling, food production and biodiversity. School gardens that are pollinator friendly will also be awarded. Margaret Griffin and the local beekeepers are asking schools to help protect our bees and to plant ‘Bee Friendly’ gardens. Her message is simple, plant flowers and the bees will follow. 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. Log on now to www.muintircork.com to register your school for the 2019 School Gardens Project.