Ballycoog National School’s finest asset is probably its stunning natural environment and its beautiful gardens. The students participate in gardening in our polytunnel and vegetable plots as part of the Social, Environmental and Scientific Education curriculum. The school also boasts a biodiversity garden designed to attract natural wildlife such as bees, butterflies and birds. We have lots of bird nesting boxes around our landscaped gardens. The children regularly enjoy the fruits of their labour (pun intended!), eating or bringing home fruits and vegetables as well as plants that they have nurtured from seed.
The Board of Management of the school is delighted to offer families of the school the opportunity to have a garden allotment on the school grounds. This is a great opportunity to grow your own fruit and vegetables, to teach children the origins of food and to spend quality time together as a family. Having an allotment would involve planting, maintaining and harvesting your plot at weekends and over the Summer.
If you are new to growing food, www.allotments.ie offers good guidance on getting started and how to grow specific vegetables.