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Budding Young Gardeners Flourish

Local children across the Borough were celebrated for their creative ‘really rubbish scarecrows’ whose aim was to attract birds rather than chasing them away. These scarecrows were displayed at Antrim Castle Gardens during the 2023 Garden Show Ireland and were judged on themes including Best in Show, Most Eco-Friendly, Most-Imaginative, Quirkiest and Best at attracting Birds. The pupils were praised for their imaginative efforts at Northern Ireland’s leading horticultural event at an awards presentation held in CAFRE Greenmount Campus.

The initiative, supported by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council saw four budding gardeners from participating schools attend alongside their teacher. In attendance were as follows:

  • Ballycraigy Primary School
  • Victoria Primary School
  • Moneynick Primary School
  • Rathcoole Primary School
  • Creggan Primary School

The winning schools from each category where presented with an apple tree from the Alderman John Smyth. Director of Garden Show Ireland, Claire Faulkner encouraged the children with their horticultural endeavours. The children also enjoyed a fun workshop, organised by Greenmount’s Senior Lecturer, Lori Hartman, and each took two flower pots back to their respective schools.

Tickets for Garden Show Ireland will be released in spring 2024. For more information keep an eye on the Council website, antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/events.

Garden Show Ireland School's Presentation