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Timoleague National School, Bandon

Biodiversity Garden


School Garden

Timoleague National School created a school garden back in 2013 and have continued to develop it each year.

We are very proud recipients of the Muintir na Tíre School Garden Competition; Best Small Garden Winners 2014, Small Garden Category 2015, Edible Garden Category 2016, Best Colour & Art Awards 2017 and Gold Medal Winner Cork School Garden 2022. We have received awards from Cork Food Policy Council.

We have developed two embankments at the side of the school. We plant 28 window boxes each autumn with spring flowers. We then save these bulbs & store them for the following year. We plant a summer display.

We have delivered a food growing project each spring for the past 8 years. We call this project “Learn at School, Grow at Home”. The project shows children and their families how easy and fun it is to grow food at home. We aim the project at children in Senior Infants and 1st class in the hope that we are creating healthy and practical food growing habits early in the child’s life. At school each child is shown how to set up a mini-garden and how to sow and grow 4 types of vegetables. The children are then issued with free seeds to plant at home in their own mini-garden.  

We were delighted to have secured extra land in 2020 to develop a Biodiversity Garden. Beside Timoleague Pump Station, Irish Water had a remaining piece of land. We approached them and they were delighted to support our Biodiversity plans and signed a Licence Agreement with the school for the land. All classes get the opportunity to work in this ultimate outdoor classroom.


As a result of the combined & successful efforts of Timoleague NS & Timoleague Tidy Towns in the GIY Community Classrooms initiative, a  new community project has commenced called “Timoleague Education Garden” . The aim of this project is to develop an educational space for adults and children, and more importantly to build a community social hub.   

The following are extracts from the Tidy Towns Competition Reports regarding the school garden;

“The School has attractive grounds – we admired the strawberry planters in the garden!” 2014 report

“The school is looking great and its bee garden was admired!........... It’s great that you have a poly tunnel for the propagation of bedding plants as this will save you considerable cost and resources. Even better that the national school is so involved with this endeavour” 2015 report

“The school garden represents one of the best uses of space that this adjudicator has seen in such a small space…. The national school garden was visited and it was a delight! It was thoughtful and amusing as well as excellently planned.” 2016 report

“The Community Garden is excellent and an invaluable tool to facilitate community cohesion and a strong community spirit; rainwater harvesting is noted here no doubt used for watering plants throughout Timoleague. The “air miles” travelled for fruit and vegetables project by the school children is most enlightening, a really good initiative.” 2017 report.

"We would like to commend the schoolchildren on their pollinator friendly planting in the school gardens" 2018 report

"The school are commended for their wildflower sowing which will bring many pollinators to the village ........ The children are also learning how to grow their own vegetables and plants from seeds. These are very good savings as they cut down on packaging and air miles. Harvesting of rainwater is also commended. " 2019 report

“There is strong engagement with the local school and some pupils are involved in the weekly clean ups. The school has set up an outdoor garden and in conjunction with Tidy Towns, pupils are involved with nature and biodiversity and sustainability programmes.....A range of very interesting and innovative biodiversity projects in conjunction with the local school, are also included..” 2022 report


Biodiversity Garden

26th Jan 2023
Nature is one of life’s magical pleasures and teaching children to feed birds...
19th Jan 2023
Plenty of wildlife makes its home in dead wood, and other animals use it as a source...
12th Jan 2023
2nd & 3rd class had great fun gardening with Valerie in the Biodiversity Garden....