An Choill Bheag

To celebrate National Tree Week, Ballyduff NS engaged in some tree planting this morning. We were supported by the Ballyduff Tidy Town Committee, who helped guide this project.
Today we planted phase One of An Choill Bheag – small woodland – where we’ve created a woodland classroom. Thirteen native Irish trees were planted in a horseshoe shape that a class could sit inside.
Two Rowan trees mark the entrance. In Celtic mythology, the Rowan (or Mountian Ash) symbolises protection. We like the idea of the trees creating a safe space and a nice place to stand or sit. This area will be used as a quiet area perhaps for some storytelling, sketching, or other relaxing activities in the summer months.
The Active School Committee and pupils from Rang 4 – Rang 6, helped with the measuring, digging, planting and mulching. The other classes have come to see the good work and will continue to visit this space over the coming weeks.
We sincerely want to thank the Ballyduff Tidy Town committee who helped to get this project started, funded the trees and coordinated the project today. We look forward to working with them again during the other phases! Go raibh míle maith agaibh!
Follow the link below to watch a video of today’s planting that is available on the Ballyduff Tidy Towns Facebook page: