Sam’s Bloom award


Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

SAM Shaw from Bray who is a stu­dent on the Hor­ti­cul­ture Course in Na­tional Learn­ing Net­work’s Park House in Stil­lor­gan was part of a team that re­ceived a Com­mended Award in this year’s Bloom Fes­ti­val in the Post­card Gar­den cat­e­gory.

Sam was one of a small group of stu­dents who took part in the project to cre­ate a 2m x 3m gar­den. The theme they chose was 1916-2016: Cul­ti­va­tion of a Dream.

Sam said he loved be­ing in­volved with the mak­ing of the crooked fence, in par­tic­u­lar, which he found a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

He also said he en­joyed meet­ing the thou­sands of new peo­ple at Bloom who have the same in­ter­est in hor­ti­cul­ture, as he does him­self.

Philip Doyle from Black­rock ex­plained the in­spi­ra­tion for their theme.

‘ Through the 1916 com­mem­o­ra­tions we learned about Tim Finn who had a com­pli­cated jour­ney from be­ing an Ir­ish Rebel hid­den in the tun­nel on the for­mer grounds our train­ing cen­tre in Stil­lor­gan, the home of the cen­tre’s hor­ti­cul­ture depart­ment,’ he said.

‘We also wanted to sym­bol­ise our na­tion’s path of sig­nif­i­cant events dur­ing a del­i­cate process of re­cov­ery and re­newal.

‘We also in­cluded the hor­ti­cul­tural rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the cul­ti­va­tion of a dream that has led to a coun­try ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a blos­som­ing, yet still re­quir­ing nur­tur­ing.’

Ann O Sul­li­van, Hor­ti­cul­ture In­struc­tor said: ‘ The stu­dents have worked tire­lessly over the past num­ber of months, putting this gar­den to­gether. They did this work along­side their course­work.

‘ Their ded­i­ca­tion, cre­ativ­ity and hard work has paid off.

‘ The gar­den was very well re­ceived by the gen­eral pub­lic.

Na­tional Learn­ing Net­work is one of 50 cen­tres around the coun­try which pro­vides a range of flex­i­ble train­ing pro­grammes and sup­port ser­vices for peo­ple who need spe­cial­ist sup­port ( job seek­ers, un­em­ployed, peo­ple with an ill­ness or dis­abil­ity).

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Sam Shaw (left) pic­tured with Philip Doyle (right) putting the fi­nal touches to their prize win­ning gar­den at Bloom.

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