The Culture Connects@Richmond Barracks team have launched a biodiversity worksheet.
The bee-autiful worksheet, about biodiversity and honey bees, was created by children who took part in a 4-day biodiversity workshop led by Richmond Barracks eco-gardener in residence Polly Rowley-Sams.
The budding environmentalists, aged 9-12, learned about the importance of biodiversity and protecting the natural environment. Working and learning together, through games, drawings and planting, the young eco scientists mapped out the garden and made big plans for its future.
The worksheet, which will be given to visitors at Richmond Barracks will help share their findings and improve biodiversity in the local community. Their hard work will also be used as part of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, a plan that aims to create an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive.
You can view and download the worksheet here.
During their time at Richmond Barracks the children got their hands dirty, helping to welcome two new beehives to the garden and embarked on a journey to explore nature, pollinators and biodiversity in the garden. Along with their work on the biodiversity worksheets, they audited the garden, created a pollinator friendly planting plan and developed ideas for ways to help improve biodiversity in their neighborhood.
Climate action in Dublin
The launch of the worksheet coincides with Dublin Climate Action Week (Sept 13 - 19 September) which aims to inspire, share knowledge and highlight best practice on climate action across the Dublin region.
At the launch of the new biodiversity worksheet, CEO of Dublin City Council Culture Company Iseult Byrne commented - “We are thrilled to be able to launch this Biodiversity Worksheet during the inaugural Dublin Climate Action Week. The children put a huge amount of effort into researching, exploring and bee-fact finding. We have gathered all their work into this worksheet and we want to thank them for their hard work and their passion for our pollinators.”
Byrne further commented: “The children's work is just the start of our ambitions in terms of highlighting and growing biodiversity in the area. We are planning a Biodiversity Walk in the local area to share knowledge and amplify some of the fantastic environmental initiatives happening locally."
We aim to make the garden a community-led space, including raised beds for community use, where locals and neighbours can meet, greet, learn and grow together. Iseult Byrne, CEO, Dublin City Council Culture Company
While Richmond Barracks is still in use as a vaccination centre for patients of St. James’s Hospital, the Culture Connects@Richmond Barracks programme continues to run, for both online and in person events. There is an exciting programme of tours, talks, workshops and courses planned for the months ahead. The Inchicore library based in Richmond Barracks is also now open on a browse and borrow basis.
Polly Rowley-Sams will return to the Richmond Barracks garden on Saturday 30 October with a Creepy Crawlies Craft Workshop for children aged 7+. In this workshop, children will have the chance to explore and learn about biodiversity and observe small creatures in their natural habitat. They will also craft their own creepy crawlies to take home. Find out more and book your spot here.