City Mayor to launch Children's Scarecrow Garden Festival in Ballinfoile Community Organic Garden
Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Neil McNeilis will tomorrow (Sat June 30th) officially launch of the Children’s Scarecrow Festival in the Ballinfoile Mór Community Organic Garden.
It promises to be something special! There to greet visitors on arrival will be a small army of scarecrows spread out across the vegetable beds of this fantastic outdoor community facility.
Coming in all shapes, sizes and colours, these wonderfully crafted works of art were made from old clothes, straw and wood by the pupils of Scoil Bhríde Menlo, Scoil Cholmcille Naofa Castlegar and Scoil San Phroinsias Tirellan. Scarecrows were used up until a few decades ago as a wildlife-friendly safe way of protecting seeds and shoots, so unlike the chemical pesticides of today’s commercial farming which degrade the soil as well as kill the bees, butterflies and other forms of wildlife.
The event will also be an opportunity to showcase the recent heritage and biodiversity additions to the garden – a recycled wood fired giant mud oven, a field of barley and oats, an apple and pear orchard, wildflower meadows, living Willow Tree Tunnels and our new Green Leaf-funded Children’s ‘Fairyland’ Learning Zone complete with giant Toadstools, Bug Hotel and ‘What Lies Beneath’ Discovery tank.
The aim of local volunteers is to make this community garden became an important Outdoor Classroom and social meeting place for the residents in the Ballinfoile and Castlegar neighbourhood.