Youth Environmental Action Project
Fingal, Ireland, March - April 2002

This project was organized by Jackie Maguire of Co-operation Fingal. She brought together two schools; a group of students from Balbriggan Community College, and St. Georges National School, under the direction of artists Aine Ivers and Patrick Ward. There was a corner of St. Georges N S. which was a compost heap and dumping ground. As a group we put together a design for the corner, based on environmental and sculptural ideas. The group paid attention to natural materials and recycling materials already present. The primary school children drew pictures of their ideas, then the secondary school pupils considered these ideas and finished the designs.

We decided to create a raised platform which could act as an outdoor classroom if desired. We also created aliving treehouse- a shelter of woven willow rods. We upgraded the adjacent flower-beds, erected a sculptural bird-bath, and translated some childerns drawings into wooden cutouts; which were mounted on the surrounding wall. We also planted trees at the front of the school.

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