Allianz Garden Show Ireland is sowing the seeds for future gardeners from all over Northern Ireland with its Schools Challenges at the 2015 event.

For Primary Schools there is the opportunity to get involved in the Allianz Schools’ Garden Challenge creating ‘Edible Container Gardens’ and the Primary Schools in the Integrated Sector design and build scarecrows for Allianz Scarecrow Wood.

For Secondary Schools the challenge is to design and produce gardens for display.

Schools who are interested in taking part can get more information together with Guidelines and an Entry Form to download at: http://www.gardenshowireland.com/get-involved/schools-garden-challenge/

Damien O’Neill, Group Head of Marketing for title sponsor Allianz, commented, ”Every year we are hugely impressed with the enthusiasm and creativity of the many Schools who take part in the various challenges. There is increased recognition as to the importance of outdoor learning and these initiatives provide a fun way of teaching children about the world around them whilst also encouraging them to get active in their own school gardens.”

Claire Faulkner, Director of Allianz Garden Show Ireland believes the Schools activity is a vital part of the Show. ”It brings such a sense of energy to the show to have so many school children involved in the different challenges. Our aim is to get young people interested and engaged in gardening and it is always rewarding to see how much they learn!”

The 2015 Allianz Garden Show Ireland runs 8 – 10 May 2015 at Antrim Castle Gardens. Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.gardenshowireland.com/buy-tickets/

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