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Over 2,000 children participated in the Pride of Place School Gardening Scheme in 2018 - REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2019 SCHEME

Date Released: 24 January 2019

 Meath County Council Pride of Place School Gardening Scheme


Congratulations to all schools who participated in the Meath County Council Pride Of Place School Gardening Scheme in 2018. Over 2,000 children participated in the only scheme of its kind in the country. The scheme provides an opportunity for preschools and schools to take teaching and learning outdoors in a meaningful way with activities and tasks at one of five  assessment levels.

The pupils were assessed in May and June of 2018 by Philip Mc Cormack from Batterstown and Niamh Bean Uí Loinsigh from Julianstown, on behalf of Meath County Council. The assessment was the finish line for pupils after a year of work outdoors in school spaces and gardens.

The cornerstone of the scheme is that the garden presentation has to be carried out by pupils alone. Both assessors were highly impressed by the level of interest and knowledge throughout the county, especially those on the new Level 5 which requires participation by every pupil in the school, the cooking and eating of new produce and the hosting of an open day for the community. The increase in participation of preschools added hugely to the project this year.

The scheme has proved a great success in getting pupils to reconnect with nature, earth themselves, learn how to work as part of a team, identify the changing seasons, grow their own produce and develop an emotional connection with where food comes from, ticking many boxes on the school curriculum in the process. This has become even more relevant with increasing discussion and debate about climate change.

Registration is now open for the 2019 scheme.  Details at Schools can choose the level they feel most appropriate for themselves. After registering, each school received a free welcome starter pack, including posters, booklets and seeds, courtesy of Meath County Council.  


Pride of Place School Gardening Awards 2018

Level 1

St. Andrew's N.S., Curragha

Kilmainhamwood N.S.

St. Patrick's N.S., Castletown

The Caterpillar Academy of Montessori, Oldcastle

The Montessori Story, Kells

The Montessori Story, Navan

Happy Kids Preschool, Navan

Kilmessan Village Montessori

Happy Days, Rathmoylon

Early Years Preschool, Kells


Level 2

Gaelscoil na Mí, Cill Dhéagláin

St. Declan's N.S., Ashbourne

Kentstown N.S.

Kilskyre N.S.

Rathmore N.S.

Scoil Mhuire, Heronstown

Scoil Naomh Barra, Wilkinstown

St. Brigid's N.S., Meath Hill

St. Mary's Special School, Navan

Bohermeen N.S.

Scoil Oilibhéir Naofa, Kilcloon

St. Seachnall's N.S., Dunshaughlin

Kilbride N.S., Trim

St. Michael's N.S., Kill

Jordan Preschool, Castlejordan

Geraldine's Preschool, Kildalkey

Navan Educate Together Preschool

Oakleaves Preschool Navan (Scoil Naomh Eoin)

Oakleaves Preschool Navan (Utility Care)

Phil's Montessori, Kilcock


Level 3

Ballinlough N.S.

Carlanstown N.S.

Kilbeg N.S.

Our Lady of Mercy N.S., Kells

Scoil Naomh Pio, Knockcommon

Whitecross N.S., Julianstown

Scoil Mhuire, Navan

Scoil Mhuire, Robinstown

St. Anne's Loreto P.S., Navan

St. Oliver Plunkett's N.S., Navan

Culmullen N.S.

Ratoath Junior N.S.

Scoil Naomh Bríde, Boardsmill

St. Mary's Primary School, Trim

St. Mary's Primary School, Enfield

Playmates Preschool, Kentstown


Level 4

Kilmessan N.S.

Moylough N.S.

St. Brigid's N.S., Cortown

St. Louis N.S., Rathkenny

St. Patrick's N.S., Stackallen

Yellow Furze N.S., Beauparc

Kenstown Montessori School


Level 5

Carnaross N.S.

St. Patrick's N.S., Slane

Dunboyne Senior Primary School

Lismullen N.S.

St. Fiach's N.S., Ballinacree

Gaelscoil na Bóinne, An Troim


St. Finians NS - Clonalvy

St. Finians National School, Clonalvy

Gaelscoil na Boinne

 Gaelscoil na Boinne


Lismullen NS

Lismullen National School



Outdoor Classroom

Outdoor Classroom



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