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ITB Horticulture Students design Courtyard Garden in Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown

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6/11/2012 3:28:40 PM


First Year BSc Horticultural Students from the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) and staff were delighted to take part in the launch of the Court Yard Garden at the Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown on Tuesday June 5th.
The garden was launched by the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD.
ITB Horticultural Students carried out an assessment, design and reconstruction of one of the Internal Courtyards in Connolly Hospital as part of their course work assessment under the guidance of Academic Staff from ITB and Mr. Karl Dalton, Environmental Manager, Connolly Hospital.



Students worked for many weeks on the main internal courtyard of the hospital which had become very overgrown and unsightly but is now blooming thanks to their many weeks of hard work and fantastic designs which sees it transformed into a new garden.  The plants and time were donated by ITB with the hospital paying for rest.



According to Ciarnad Ryan, ITB Horticulture Lecturer “ITB students found this provided them with real work experience in a challenging healthcare context and has been invaluable for the confidence and collaborative skills.  Projects like this help to bring classroom theory to life and reinforces academic learning whilst improving class spirit.”



Courtyard Garden in Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown


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