Carrick pupils create edible garden in a picnic basket

Carrickfergus Central Primary School's Eco-Council working on their miniature garden, from left, Charley Acheson-Craig, Leah McFall, Emily Armstrong, Sonny Waite, Mykenzie Blackwood, Caleb Coulter, Eva Marks, Keeley Smylie, Beth Armstrong, Lucy Doris and Dylan Mawhinney. INCT 26-708-CON

Carrickfergus Central Primary School's Eco-Council working on their miniature garden, from left, Charley Acheson-Craig, Leah McFall, Emily Armstrong, Sonny Waite, Mykenzie Blackwood, Caleb Coulter, Eva Marks, Keeley Smylie, Beth Armstrong, Lucy Doris and Dylan Mawhinney. INCT 26-708-CON

The Eco-Council at Carrickfergus Central Primary School entered the Primary Schools competition for the Allianz Garden Show Ireland 2016.

The pupils’ task was to design and make a miniature edible container garden.

Teacher Nicola Lowry P6/7 said: “They planted their little garden in an old wicker picnic basket and used the theme ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’. They also decided to have a little fairy garden in a section of their garden.

“They researched edible plants and flowers and bought them from a garden centre. They planted a curry plant, thyme, sage, rosemary, mint, oregano, nasturtiums and violas.

“They also wanted to include as many edible elements as possible so they made little teddy bears from icing and made a fairy path out of ‘Nerds’ sweets.”

The children worked on the project for a month and two representative from the Eco-Council, Leah McFall and Beth Armstrong, attended the prize giving at Antrim Castle Grounds with Mrs Lowry.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed participating in the competition and are looking forward to entering next year.”