From Apple Seeds to Apple Trees

MoCI engagement with younger children: The Apple Tree Project. #CTCHC The project was first launched in Tralee during Tree Week.

The Museum of Childhood Ireland were so happy to organise this tree planting ceremony at Beech Hill in recognition of the wonderful apple seed project work of the children at Donnybrook Community Play School, in collaboration with Donnybrook Tidy Towns, and with with the help of local councillor Dermot Lacey.

This project involved children in active engagement and participation, building environmental awareness, active citizenship and an understanding around where food comes from and how it is grown. Each child was provided with an Irish grown apple for their break, and asked to plant the apple seeds afterwards, reusing waste egg boxes or yoghurt cartons as pots. Scientific principles around planting were observed. The planting is part of the cycle of life and regeneration.The museum provided peat free organic compost for planting. The initiative encouraged dialogue around regeneration, greening of our towns, food sources, and inter generational ideas of cooperation and engagement. The seeds when grown into trees will provide valuable food.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for all the planting fun! 🌱 

Sarah, Dermot, Ester, Alice, Carlo, Cristina, Maria, Aifric, Eva, Imogen and Michael