Trevor Sargent cuts the ribbon at the opening of St. Teresa's N.S. vegetable garden while Principal Pat Furlong lends a hand.

I was delighted to be asked to open the very special vegetable garden in St Teresa’s National School, Balbriggan, last Friday. Principal. Mr Pat Furlong, caretaker Richard along  with Ms Ann Lee, her  pupils, and their parents pulled together to create a spectacular and very productive organic garden, complete with bug hotel and scarecrows. The full range of popular vegetables was looking good and very healthy. After the ribbon cutting and the very welcome cuppa and sandwiches, Ms Lee asked about my own patch. Before long we had a plan in place for her class to walk up the road on Monday morning to see   ”Trevor’s Kitchen Garden’.

Coincidentally, the importance of gardening for good childhood development has been in the news this week following publication of a three year study by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) in the UK. The study was commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society, a great organization which helps  thousands of schools to establish gardens.

The NFER studied 10 schools in depth in Britain from London city to rural Yorkshire. As well as that, over 1,300 teachers were surveyed over 3 years. This research found that schools which actively use a garden in the curriculum develop ‘resiliant’, ‘ready to learn’ and ‘responsible’ children.

So to talk about gardening developing skills to ensure society has the means to feed itself in the future is but one worthwhile reason to get growing. Here and now, gardening in schools, homes and communities is key to our children becoming well-balanced, healthy, happy and all round well developed individuals. On top of this,  tilling the soil develops qualities of patience, co-operation and entrepreneurship amongst many young people, the reseach found.

Mind you, when the green-fingered pupils of St. Teresa’s National School in Balbriggan called around last Monday, it was enjoyment and adventure which was uppermost on their minds. After a glass of apple juice each, they were in fine voice to sing a few bars of ”The Garden Song’ to ‘robin watching hungrily from his perch in yonder tree’. The video clip below gives some sense of the occasion.


5 responses to this post.

  1. I hardly write responses, but after looking at through a great deal of comments on this page MS LEES CLASS FROM ST.
    GARDEN – FIFTH WEEK IN JUNE 2010 Trevor’s Kitchen Garden. I actually do have a couple of questions for you if it’s okay.
    Is it simply me or does it seem like some of these comments come across like they are
    left by brain dead individuals? 😛 And, if you are posting at
    additional online sites, I’d like to follow you. Could you make a list of all of your social networking sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?


  2. Posted by Trevor Sargent on April 16, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to write and for your encouraging comment. I’m not sure the content is ‘awesome’, but it is simply a report on what is happening for me with food growing each week. I look forward to hearing from you, now and again, about your own activities growing food.

    Good growing,



  3. Posted by Trevor Sargent on May 9, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Glad to hear you found the blog fruitful. Best wishes with your own fruitful growing. Trevor


  4. Posted by Trevor Sargent on May 30, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Hi Sammy,

    Running a blog takes a few minutes every week but I sometimes miss a week and have to catch up. The WordPress template is quite easy to set up. Ask a friend with some experience to help set it up and then it is just a matter of practise.

    Best wishes with growing some food too,



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