Balbriggan Tidy Towns & Ardgillan Community College

January 23, 2013 0

Over the last number of years Balbriggan Tidy Towns have recognised that educating and working with our young residents is a major way of ensuring a sustainable future for our town and its environment & wildlife. The young people of today are the volunteers of the future.

balbriggan_tidy_towns_ardgillan_college_23jan13So this year one of our members, Terry Reilly, approached the secondary schools in Balbriggan and asked if it was possible to find away to engage the students. The first teacher to take up our offer was the very enthusiastic Ms Caroline Doherty of Ardgillan College. Primarily a mathematics teacher she also has responsibility for the CSPE (Community Social and Political Education) studies of class 2G. Ms Doherty immediately recognised that there was a great opportunity for class 2G to work with the Tidy Towns team while completing their exam project on ‘Stewardship’.

On a cold Saturday in November 24th 2012, Ms Doherty and class 2G gave up their free time to plant bulbs around the verge of the round-about at St Peter and Paul’s church. They worked very hard to plant 500 Daffodil bulbs which will flower in Spring of this year and every Spring for many generations to come.

Last Tuesday the 15th of Jan 2013 it was the turn of Ardgillan college to host Tidy Towns member Zoe Nelson who produced a power-point presentation for the students detail the origins of the National Tidy Towns organisation and specifically the project activities of the Balbriggan Tidy Towns team. She also covered the concept of ‘stewardship’ and ‘volunteerism’ and gave the class some tips on what they could include in their project.

Zoe commented that this ‘was a fantastic opportunity to interact with the Students on Ardgillan College and to share our knowledge of the environment and wildlife of Balbriggan in order to help them with their CSPE project. They were so interested it was a pleasure to work with them and they had some really excellent questions prepared. Class 2G and Ms Doherty are a credit to their school and community!’

Balbriggan Tidy Towns are also working with Balbriggan Community College who came out plating trees at the Garda station before Christmas. We will bring you news of their project in due course.