The horticultural group from Heywood Community School’s Transition Year contribute to many projects and improvements in the school grounds.
Recently, they also went on a visit to the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin in Dublin accompanied by their teacher and mentor Peter Malone. The day consisted of a guided tour of the gardens by one of the horticulturalists working in the gardens.
Students got the opportunity to see many of the rare plants species and magnificent trees in the gardens many of which date back to the late 17th Century. They also learned about the history of the gardens and their current situation. They were particularly fascinated by the tropical rainforest in the steamy heat of the Palm House.
It was a fascinating trip and while the Heywood poly tunnels may not be in the same league, they appreciated the connection and care both gardens and gardeners brought to caring, appreciation and nurturing of the botanic world.