THIS year is the EU Year of Citizens and and Stabannon national school are involved in an eco-tribes programme to promote bees and butterflies.
Their school was chosen along with nine other schools in Louth to take part in this programme.
Louth County Council asked the school to find a small open piece of land somewhere in the community and with the help of Stabannon Tidy Towns they chose their spot.
It is an open piece of land beside Crawley’s cottage. The area has lots of nettles and ivy which is a great food source for caterpillars.
“We were given a two hundred euro voucher for Haggardstown Garden Centre to buy plants and flowers that attract bees and butterflies,” said Niamh Matthews and Aoife Lowth from 6th class who compiled this report.
“We held a celebration of our Bee and Butterfly garden 3 May. We read poems, planted seeds, and decorated our garden and dressed up as bees and butterflies.
“We also invited parents to plant seeds. We chose our tribe name The Briars and our logo is a bee landing on a sunflower.
“We cleaned up the area and cut back the briars. The tidy towns went to McGuiness’s farm and gathered sticks for our willow hut. The idea of our willow is that people can sit in it and watch the bees and butterflies. Willow is a food source for bees and butterflies.”