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Muintir na Tíre Launch Cork School Garden Competition

There was an air of spring in Atkins Garden Centre as the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald, and the Mayor of Cork County, Cllr. Gillian Coughlan, launched the Cork School Garden Competition 2022.

Sponsored by Cork City and Cork County Councils and organised by Cork County Muintir na Tíre, the competition has a prize fund of over €5,000.  The annual Cork School Garden Competition is open to all primary schools in Cork city and county who have a school garden or are in the process of developing one.

Speaking at the launch, Sean Holland of Muintir na Tíre said, “if a school has a garden or they are thinking about developing one, then the Cork School Garden Competition might be the competition for them. There are so many categories and awards, and the competition is open to new or existing gardens, big and small.”

Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald, said that “Cork City Council is proud to be on board with this great initiative. It is great that all primary schools in the City can now enter and display their school gardens and learn from the other entrants in the competition.”

The Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Gillian Coughlan, welcomed the launch of the annual competition, saying, “activities that can help children to learn the importance of nature while staying active are crucial for health and wellbeing. Since its establishment in 2012, the Muintir na Tíre School Garden Competition has inspired thousands of students across Cork County to embrace the outdoors and Cork County Council is very proud to have supported the competition each year. I urge schools to consider signing up this year, whether as a new entrant or a long-established participant, we want to see students from every town and village involved this year.”

Closing date for Competition Entry is Good Friday, 15th April 2022.

To enter online go to and follow the links, or email: [email protected] for more information.

Source: Cork City Council

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