Monday, March 11, 2019

THE green schools committee at the National Learning Network in Portlaoise continues its quest for a fifth green flag by hosting a green schools action day on Thursday 28 February.

The committee, which is headed by Ann-Marie Morrin and consists of Nicole Houlihan, Hugh Doheny, Tim Adams, Jason Byrne, James Lee and Sarah O’Halloran, has been working very hard towards the award, which is for biodiversity.

Over the past few months, the group has been hard at work ensuring the school is more eco-friendly by placing bird houses and bird feeders in and around the grounds of the centre.

Last week’s action day consisted of several workshops. First up, committee members and learners sowed a large number of plants and flowers, greatly enhancing the front of the building.

Next they hosted a bug hotel workshop, where learners were shown how to build their own structures to house bugs and creatures of all different kinds. The final segment was an interactive viewing of the different kinds of birds that have visited their bird houses and feeders. These ranged from yellow tits, startling, robins and blackbirds.

It was a very successful day for the committee and another step in the right direction for a fifth green flag.

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