Courthouse Arts Centre & Crossbridge National School
Insites – An Cheapach May 2018
In conjunction with Tinahely’s Courthouse Arts Centre and the travelling exhibition, Insites – An Cheapach, I worked closely with artists in delivering a successful outreach day at Crossbridge National School. The day focused on the human impact on our environments especially our local biodiversity. Using the old remnant bogland nearby, Redbog, the students with the help of myself and artist, Monica De Bath, led them to explore life on the bog. The kids had a full day of heather, bog, creepy crawlies and tadpoles with charcoal and pencil drawing. I developed a game called Redbog’s Network of Life.
Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass and Tearman Gardens
September – October 2017
Pollination & Seed Collecting Workshops. TY Students. ‘French Toast and Vanilla Ice-cream’!
Appreciate bees? Ask anyone if they like French toast and Vanilla ice-cream with strawberries! The TY students had two day workshop working with me in partnership with Tearman Gardens exploring seed pollination, harvesting and storage. At the same time learning and gaining an excellent insight into pollination and local food production courtesy of pollinators and local farmers! The students cooked up a storm in the school kitchen French toast using local eggs, Wicklow Rapeseed oil, local honeys and jams. Food dependent on pollination also featured in the recipe e.g. vanilla and chocolate! The role of bees and pollination hit home!!
Raheen, Nr Clonroche Co Wexford
February – April 2017
I was very lucky to secure more Local Agenda funding and this time from Wexford’s county council. I delivered my ‘Gardening for Biodiversity’ project to a well established and active gardening group based in Raheen’s family resource centre. As a result of this project, we decided to develop a wildflower area in their developing fruit and veg garden. (See News for more details)
Introduction to Horticulture at Carnew Training and Development Centre
October 2016 – January 2017
Carnew Training and Development Centre a vibrant and active community resource approached me to deliver an introduction to horticulture course based on FETAC Level 3.
Baltinglass’ ‘Gardening for Biodiversity’
October – November 2016
With Wicklow Local Agenda 21 grant secured, I headed towards West Wicklow to deliver my successful informal classes/talks on gardening for biodiversity. Held in the Adult Education Centre, members of the local communities came and once again it was an interesting and informative 5 full sessions. As a result of these classes, we agreed to plant a pollinator friendly bed in Stratford on Slaney in Spring 2017.
Tinahely Community Projects (TCP)/Tidy Towns
April 26th 2016 – Easter Rising Commemoration
Working with Tidy Towns, developed and managed an Easter Rising ceremony in memory of the civilians who died as a result of the Rising. Project involved planting up old boots and shoes with community groups and local schools – these personal items represented the civilians.
Tinahely Community Projects (TCP)/Tidy Towns
In October 2015 with the support of TCP, I secured Local Agenda 21 funding to run a course on ‘Gardening for Biodiversity’ workshops.
Office Of Public Works
Draft Conservation Management Plans for St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin and Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin
National Botanic Gardens
Led daily walks of adults/family groups and school groups of 5-30 people
Researched, developed and led themed walks, including Heritage Tree Walks
Dun Laoghaire Golf Club
Ballyman, Co. Wicklow
Plan (unimplemented) for the creation and management of wildflower meadows
Wrote suitable copy material for online publication describing the biodiversity of the golf course
Castle Leslie Estate
Draft Development Plan for a Heritage Tree Walk
Irish Wildlife Trust, An Taisce, & Dublin Civic Trust
Developed and lead a range of guided wildlife and heritage walks and gardening workshops including Heritage Week walks
Mount Street, Dublin 2.
Research for a water conservation awareness leaflet – http://voiceireland.org/water/your-water-footprint/
UCD, Masters Environmental Resource Management (2009)
I completed a detailed analysis of the natural and built heritage including the local history of the Dublin Mountains Way between Shankill and Johnnie Fox’s Glencullen. I explored how the heritage values could promote the proposed Special Area Amenity Order (under Dun Laoghaire Rathdown’s County Plan for a number of years) for Carrick Golloghan and surrounding areas. This area is rich in built and natural heritage but at the same time under pressure due to the proximity of Dublin and its urban areas.