Our last session before the Christmas holidays was a group effort inspired by our bird feeder designers. We were kindly donated 20 Willow (Saileach as gaeilge) branches that were cut from established trees in Old Leighlin. Willows are rich in insects and provide lots of food for our feathered friends (https://treecouncil.ie/project/willow/). Both groups of children were invited to plant the trees themselves in between an existing willow structure in the preschool garden. Apart from the adults starting off the initial soil breaking, the competent young tree planters dug out the hole, positioned the branches and stomped them firmly into the ground. Each one was given a good drink from a nearby puddle to settle them in. Fingers crossed the Winter winds will be kind to our efforts and we will see some budding in Spring !.
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