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NLN Park House Receives Commended Award At Bloom Festival

13 June 2016
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Pictured: Philip Doyle (right) pictured with Sam Shaw (left) as they put the final touches to their prize winning garden at Bloom last week.

Philip Doyle from Blackrock who is a student on the Horticulture Course in National Learning Network’s Park House in Stillorgan was part of a team that received a Commended Award in this year’s Bloom Festival in the Postcard Garden category. Philip was one of a small group of students who took part in the project to create a 2m x 3m garden. The theme they chose was 1916-2016: Cultivation of a Dream.

Philip explained the inspiration for their theme, “Through the 1916 commemorations we learned about Tim Finn who had a complicated journey from being an Irish Rebel hidden in the tunnel on the former grounds our training centre in Stillorgan, the home of the centre’s horticulture department. We also wanted to symbolise our nation’s path of significant events during a delicate process of recovery and renewal. We also included the horticultural representation of the cultivation of a dream that has led to a country experiencing a blossoming, yet still requiring nurturing.

Sam Shaw from Bray, Co. Wicklow said he loved being involved with the making of the crooked fence, in particular, which he found a great experience. Sam also said he enjoyed meeting the thousands of new people at Bloom who have the same interest in horticulture, as he does himself. Robert King, from Rathmines, said he enjoyed researching the poetry at night and loved selecting which lines to etch into the tiles , with his class mates.

Ann O Sullivan, Horticulture Instructor said “ The students have worked tirelessly over the past number of months, putting this garden together. They did this work alongside their coursework. Their dedication, creativity and hard work has paid off. The garden was very well received by the general public.

National Learning Network is one of 50 centres around the country which provides a range of flexible training programmes and support services for people who need specialist support (job seekers, unemployed, people with an illness or disability).