Stu­dents give a dig-out at 1798 Street gar­den

Wexford People - - NEWS -

A GROUP of Tran­si­tion Year stu­dents from St Peter’s Col­lege swapped their pens and pa­per for shov­els and trow­els re­cently as they tended to the fo­liage at the 1798 Street Com­mu­nity Gar­dens.

The group, un­der the su­per­vi­sion of teacher Orla Kennedy, marched from the col­lege down to the 1798 Street gar­den with the sole aim be­ing to bring or­der to the weed-strewn flowerbeds.

The gar­den was cre­ated in 2013 and boasts an im­pres­sive cen­tral fea­ture in the large ‘Tree of Life’ which is made from sand­stone cob­bles, set into the ground.

Hor­ti­cul­tur­ist and gar­den de­signer Betsy Hickey, who was in­volved in the orig­i­nal de­sign, was on hand to pro­vide guid­ance to the ea­ger vol­un­teers.

The boys rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in. Wield­ing hoes, forks and spades, they dug out the weeds with gusto. Over the com­ing weeks, they will re­turn to put down an ar­ray of in­dige­nous peren­nial plants, care­fully cho­sen by Betsy.

Her aim is to have year-round ac­tiv­ity and colour in the gar­den, and to use shrubs and plants that re­quire the min­i­mum of main­te­nance.

Robert Rowe, Ryan Cashin, Rory Caldicott, Bill Cullen, Fer­gal Dolan, Tier­nan Carr,and Adam O’ Leary.

Betsy Hickey with, from left, Conor Ku­malo, Richard McCor­mack and Ross Proudfoot.

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