NAAS will become the sunflower capital of Ireland if a group of local secondary school students have any say in the matter.
The students will launch their Sunflower Project this Friday 20 March.
They plan to plant up to 6,000 sunflowers in 3,000 compostable pots this year. 1,200 of these potswill be planted out by student while 1,800 will be which will be grown by the students and the remaining 1800 pots will be given complete with seeds and compost to the general public in late March at locations around the town – free.
The project is being funded by Kildare Co Council and Naas CBS with sponsorship from Woodies DIT with help from Naas Tidy towns, Naas Men’s Shed and ronan Walsh Landscapes.
It is hoped that by late August the town will be awash with sunflowers.
The students hope that Naas residents and businessess and other schools in the town will support the project and plant sunflowers this spring/summer.
“We want all community groups in NAAS to help. We want all community groups in Naas to go sunflower crazy in 2020,” said a project spokesperson..
There will be a range of prizes for the best sunflowers in housing estates , schools, commercial premises and businesses.
For many years NAAS CBS has had a superb relationship with Naas Tidy Towns. Every year the school and especially TY students undertake many tasks for th TT. In 2016 the school gave 1000 hours of help and assistance to TT projects.
Teacher Tom Noone and local councilor and Tidy Towns stalwart Cllr Bill Clear discussed a way that both the school and wider community could become involved in a project together.
Tom Noone came up with the idea of the Sunflower Project, although hedoes admit he stole the idea from his daughter Molly.
After her communion Molly asked that everyone who came to her communion party to be given a pot with compost and a sunflower seed. These were then given to her friends, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Over the next few months everyone had great fun showing off how their sunflowers were doing via photos on a WhatsApp GROUP. It was great fun.
“We now want to bring this idea to all of Naas and make Naas the Sunflower capital of Ireland.