March was a very special time for the Kildare Steiner School as the whole school community came together with the volunteers of the Native Woodland Trust to plant our wonderful gift of 1,500 native Irish saplings at our school in Gormanstown, near Dunlavin.
In just two miraculous days on the 26th and the 27th our school grounds were suddenly transformed with paths plants and all our wonderful trees. The little saplings we planted included oak, willow, beech, holly, cherry and other fruit trees. In order to protect these little babies from damage by the hare population they are all staked and enclosed by a green tube. They may seem small now, but they will grow rapidly and the children are going to have such fun watching and tending the woodland garden during this exciting process.
The planting also gave the community a great opportunity to do what it does best – work together to create and enjoy something beautiful. It was great to see parents, old friends, families and children alike all pitching in and sharing their energies…. The weather was unbelievably kind to us and after the planting the cob oven was fired up for home made pizzas, when the relaxing part of the day really started.
We should say once again we are indebted to the Native Woodland Trust who plant trees in schools right across Ireland and worked so hard with us to realise our own vision. We are also tremendously grateful to our anonymous Canadian donor, this amazing gift came out of nowhere to us and was truly magical.
The Kildare Steiner School is an independent non-denominational school for children aged three and a half to twelve years of age. If you would like to come and see our lovely school, or are interested in the extensive benefits of the Steiner approach to education, please contact me, Angie Ruane , on 086 4005211 or check out : www.kildaresteinershcool.org