Allianz Garden Show Ireland will celebrate Northern Irish heritage past and present by encouraging schools to get creative and get involved in the fantastic Schools Challenges at the Show which runs at Antrim Castle Gardens from 5th – 7th May.
The two schools competitions will reflect the Show’s focus on local Northern Irish heritage in 2017 and embrace our recent and distant past.
For the Allianz Container Gardens, Primary Schools will be creating ‘Enchanted Gardens’ where children will be encouraged to let their imagination run wild and create magical garden spaces that mystical creatures would enjoy.
Damien O’Neill, Group Head of Marketing for title sponsor Allianz, commented,
“Every year we are hugely impressed with the enthusiasm and creativity of the many Schools who take part in the various challenges. There is now increased recognition as to the importance of outdoor learning and these initiatives provide a fun way of teaching children about the world around them whilst also encouraging them to get active in their own school gardens. We are looking forward to seeing how the pupils interpret the themes this year and expect that we will see some wonderful designs.”
Meanwhile, Primary Schools from the Integrated Sector are building scarecrows for Allianz Scarecrow Avenue with a special category this year, “Legends of NI” in partnership with the Integrated Education Fund. Legends can be local sporting stars to great historical figures, the competition also has other categories open including the Scariest Scarecrow and the most eco-friendly scarecrow.
Brian Small the Fundraising Manager at the Integrated Educated Fund commented,
“The Integrated Education Fund is once again delighted to be co-ordinating the participation of integrated primary schools in the “Allianz Scarecrow Avenue” competition at Allianz Garden Show Ireland. There is always tremendous excitement as schools prepare to enter their scarecrows and with the new category this year of “Northern Irish Legends” we are excited to see what legends will be lining up in May. Schools tell us that they find it a fun and educational experience and the scarecrows always provide a colourful and imaginative display for visitors to the Show. Our thanks go to Allianz for sponsoring this element of the Show.”
The schools will be rewarded for the efforts with a range of prizes and experiences kindly donated by CAFRE Greenmount Campus, including trees for the overall winners in each of the categories as well as a morning at CAFRE for all those who enter.
Claire Faulkner, Director of Allianz Garden Show Ireland, believes the schools’ activity is a vital part of the Show,
“It brings such a sense of energy to the show to have so many school children involved in the different challenges. Our aim is to get young people interested and engaged in horticulture and it is always rewarding to see how much they learn. Every little bit we do to start thinking more about green and growing spaces has to help the bigger picture for future generations. There is something so magical about the imagination of a child and we are very excited to see what they will create for their container gardens and scarecrows!”
Allianz Garden Show Ireland 2017 will run from 5th – 7th May at Antrim Castle Gardens and is open daily from 10 am – 6 pm with parking adjacent. Admission for adults is £10 (concession £8) and the event is FREE for children under 16. There is also a reduced rate for online booking. For more information and to buy tickets please visit www.gardenshowireland.com.
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