Corrin Hill Biodiversity Garden Awards 2009 in Association with BirdWatch Ireland
Eight Schools announced as National
Finalist in the Corrin Hill Biodiversity Garden Awards
primary schools have reached the finals of the Corrin Hill Biodiversity Garden
Awards. The aim of the awards is to
recognise and promote gardens that are developed to benefit biodiversity and
the environment. This year the focus is
on school gardens. The awards are
organised by Corrin Hill Ice Cream in conjunction with Birdwatch Ireland.
8 finalists in the 2009 awards are:
St. Brigid’s National School,
Blackrock, Co. Dublin
St. Martin de Porres National
School, Tallaght, Co. Dublin
St. Louis National School,
Rathkenny, Co. Meath
Scoil Mhainchin National
School, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
St. Annin’s National School,
Rosscahill, Co. Galway
St. Mary’s National School,
Blessington, Co. Wicklow
St. Catherine’s National
School, Rush, Co. Meath
final judging event for the awards will take place over the coming weeks and
the winners will be announced in late September. Prizes include funding to spend on the
garden, plaques and ice cream for the winning schools.
standard of entries has improved significantly this year and we are particularly
pleased to support the development of biodiversity gardens in schools”, said
Nikki Murphy from Corrin Hill Ice Cream.
“Schools across the country are really making superb use of their
gardens and are using them as an education resource for students, their
families and the local community. Some
gardens are very new or at the planning stage and some are wonderfully
established and very much part of the school and local community. Schools have taken to gardening for the
environment on many levels from growing food and native plants to using organic
gardening methods, composting waste and collecting rain water. Many schools have created a range of habitats
in their gardens for birds, butterflies, frogs and endangered wildlife such as bats.
Students and local communities are learning so much as well as getting terrific
enjoyment from the gardens. Every entry
is a winner in its own right and we will have a difficult time selecting an
overall winner”, concluded Nikki Murphy.
Hill Ice Cream is made in Fermoy, Co. Cork
by the Murphy family. The company is Ireland’s
largest producer of ice cream and celebrates its 30th Birthday this
month. Corrin Hill is a full dairy ice
cream made with local cream and milk and does not contain any artificial
Corrin Hill Biodiversity Garden Awards began in 2007 and the aim of the awards
is to raise awareness of the benefits that can be achieved for the environment
by gardening with nature rather than trying to control it. This method of gardening safeguards precious wildlife
and includes cutting down on the use of garden chemicals, planting nectar-rich and
native varieties of flowers along with fruit and vegetables and providing
shelter and food for a wide variety of birds and insects such as butterflies
Ten Top Ways to Garden for the
- Garden using organic methods and stop
using garden chemicals such as pesticides that are bad for the environment and
- Plant native or scented
old fashioned varieties of flowers such as roses, sweet pea, lavender, poppies
- Grow your own fruit,
vegetables, herbs and salads.
- Provide water for birds
and if possible a small pond.
- Grow native trees or hedges
such as birch, mountain ash or blackthorn.
- Put up a nest box for
- Provide food for birds by
growing berries and leave the seed heads on flowers in winter.
- Provide food for small
birds, especially in winter.
- Compost garden and kitchen
waste to feed your garden and collect rainwater – your plants will love it.
to enjoy a slightly wilder, natural garden and plant a wildflower patch.