Growing Through the Ages – St. Peter’s National School, Dromiskin, County Louth

March 16, 2012

Growing Through the Ages is a project supported by The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and Louth County Council, Environment Section.  The purpose of the project is to celebrate The European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between the Generations.

St. Peter’s National School, Dromiskin, County Louth has been chosen to participate in the promotion of this year. The school has begun an intergenerational garden planted by former students of the original school (now senior citizens) and current third class students. The garden will be planted with traditional flowers such as peonies, lupins, delphiniums, heathers, irises, forget-me-nots, sweet williams, wallflowers, cornflowers and wildflowers.

Pupils past and present also participated in a living history project at the school to discuss changes in childhood and school life, comparing the past to the present. The design of the garden was drawn from ideas contributed by the principal, Pat Mulligan, school children, and local community gardeners.

The chosen design is symbolic of two strands of history meeting in a common circle of community. Public community gardens are located within the thoroughfares of everyday village life, and are part of the community’s landscape. They breed a sense of collective responsibility and ownership, with the added benefit of being nurtured by many hands.

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