Background to Organic Gardening for primary schools

The work began in February 2008 and recorded the progress of four schools over an 18 month period.  The schools involved were:

  • Holy Trinity Senior School in Donaghmede Dublin 13
  • St Michael’s Primary School, Ballyfermot
  • Scoil an Linbh Íosa in Prosperous
  • Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire in Ardee, Co Louth

The project was funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food.

How did we develop the programme?

A team of organic experts was appointed to visit the schools and work with the children in assessing what already existed in the school grounds planning what they wanted in their school garden and working with them over an 18 month period to develop and execute the plan.

Children from all classes were involved in the project and the DVD demonstrates the children’s involvement in creating a garden.  The focus was different in the different schools – for example very little development of a school garden had taken place in the Holy Trinity School in Donaghmede while the school in Prosperous had a well developed garden in place and the focus here was in enhancing it with for example an insect hotel and improving their composting facilities.

Watch our Organic Gardening Video Clips

Basic Growing Techniques

Organic Gardening for Primary Schools

Top Tips for Teachers from Teachers

Organic Gardening for Primary Schools

Designing Your Garden - Easy Steps

Organic Gardening for Primary Schools

Look after Health and Safety

Organic Gardening for Primary Schools

So You Want to Know More

Organic Gardening for Primary Schools

Composting - It's Easy as 1,2,3

Organic Gardening for Primary Schools


Download gardening worksheets

We have created a variety of worksheets to support your gardening activities. Everything from starting out designing your garden to moving plants from the classroom to the garden. These resources are available to download for free in both Irish and English.

Read more


Organic Gardening for Primary Schools DVD

This DVD shows teachers and pupils how to plan, build, develop and maintain a school garden using organic principles.

The DVD disc contains 24 Worksheets/Bileoga Oibre  to complement the video as well as a comprehensive document showing the curriculum linkages.

The content is in English and in Irish and available free of charge to all Primary Schools

Request DVD

You might also be interested in...

Seedlings Programme for primary schools

There are two levels in the Seedlings Programme - one for the junior and senior infant classes and one for first and second class. The Seedling packs contain six original posters with corresponding lesson plans and worksheets. 

Read more