A patch of land which was an eyesore overgrown with weeds and strewn with rubbish, is set to be transformed into a ‘Wild Walk’ by Transition Year students from Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown, as the project has earned them a position in the national final of the Young Environmentalist Awards.

The patch of land they chose to work on connects the Presentation and CBS schools and is used on a daily basis by students from both schools.


The girls have already had the land rotovated and have plans to plant new grass seeds and wildflowers. They have also used pallets and other waste materials to make a bug hotel, while old concrete pipes have been transformed into bins and old tyres have been given a new lease of life to form a bike rack.

The students have been working hard on the project and have enjoyed watching it progress, but it wouldn’t be possible without the help and support of others along the way.

Dan Furey cut back the weeds and fertilised the seeds, James Keane rotovated and rolled the soil, Kay Dawson was on hand with advice and AROMA kindly donated €200 towards the planting of the area.

Adrian and Kevin in Mitchelstown Co-op also generously donated wildflower seeds and grass seeds, while Pat the caretaker has been really helpful.

The hard work is now paying off, as the school are through to the national finals in the Mansion House in Dublin in the coming weeks and are hopeful that their efforts will impress judges. We wish them well!