School Garden at An Droichead

It was a blooming great idea when an Ormeau Road Primary School and Translink joined forces to create a new permaculture garden for pupils to enjoy. Green-fingered pupils at the Irish language school Scoil an Droichid joined Translink’s biodiversity officer Rose Cremin to help create a biodiversity garden on the school grounds.

Scoil an Droichid, which is situated in the grounds of the Irish language culture and education centre An Droichead, shares a boundary fence with NI Railways which has recently been upgraded by Translink and will form part of the new secure Biodiversity Garden border. The garden will support a wide range of native wildlife and plant species as well as enhance pupils’ learning experience and interest in subjects such as science. An Droichead co-ordinator, Dr Pól Deeds, said: “Here at An Droichead we value our relationship with all our neighbours at our Lower Ormeau site and we really appreciate the good will that has always been shown to our Irish language cultural and educational project. “Translink is demonstrating this same good will, and also its high standards of social and environmental responsibility ,by becoming partners in our project to develop a new secure wildlife space and biodiversity garden. “Good fences make good neighbours — and in this case we have a good neighbour who is not only helping us by providing new fencing but is giving us practical support and expertise to develop a space that will be used by the entire community and one that will really brighten up the local area.”

Translink’s biodiversity officer Rose Cremin said: “We are delighted to be involved in this project as urban gardens play a vital role in maintaining our wildlife populations as well as strengthening people’s links with nature.”

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