Susliving returned to Muine Beag Vocational School for our second school workshop, following our recent tree-planting session. Together with the students and their teachers we selected three action areas, with a focus on the students’ leisure and play areas.
With spring under way and the growing season getting into full swing, the students set about planting up the school’s raised beds. The class learned about succession planting, with seedlings, established plants and freshly-sown seed going into the bed. A variety of salads, herbs, rhubarb and colourful vegetables were planted or sown. With these being close to the school buildings and play areas they provide not only herbs and salads for home economics classes, but also add colour and plant diversity to the school environment.
A couple of old wooden crates served a perfect example of how waste materials can be repurposed into something useful. Using timber planks from a pallet, the repurposing group created a new top for the containers, and with a fresh coat of paint transformed them into two large planters which the students will plant up in our next workshop. Together with a pallet bench they made, the students have added to the recreational areas, using sustainable materials.
In the outdoor lunch area another group of students set about adding to the biodiversity of the school. Using a variety of flowering plants, apple trees and herbs the students filled the planters around the courtyard and made some hanging baskets which will attract pollinators and provide fruit, as well as enhancing the environment in these recreational areas.
Over the course of the workshop the students did great work in repurposing and planting, making their recreational and play areas more enjoyable and learning about sustainability as they do so.