As part of an initiative to introduce organic gardening to their existing vocational training programme, a group of special needs teachers from Tata, Hungary spent 10 days on a research trip in the Carrick on Shannon - Boyle area.
Hosted by Knockvicar Organic Garden, the group of eight learned about the principles and practices of organic horticulture, as well as its benefits as an educational and rehabilitative activity.
They also took time out to visit the Drumshanbo Vocational School in order to gain some valuable insight into the Irish system of integrating special needs education within the mainstream curriculum.
In their spare time, the group also indulged in some sightseeing, visiting Croghan Organic Garden, Carrick on Shannon, Carrowkeel megalithic cemetery and also taking a canoe trip to O’Connor’s Island on Lough Allen.
They plan to return next year with a group of trainees.