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About Griffins Club Members:

Becoming a Griffins Club member is completely free and you can start availailing of exclusive offers straight away. From offers and savings to exclusive priority booking for events, as a member you’ll get the most out of shopping at Griffins .

So open your free membership today and start saving. Speak to a member of staff in-store who will be happy to assist. 

It’s a win win situation when you become a Griffins Club Member. We value your business very highly & when you become a member we will offer:

  • FREE Membership
  • Exclusive deals only available to our members.
  • Inspirational tips for your garden & home via email.
  • Invite you to exclusive members’ evenings & events.
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GOLD Member Thursdays - If you are lucky enough to be 60 years old or more, you will be given a Gold Card which entitles you to 10% discount off Garden Centre and Homestore purchases every Thursday. Also you can avil of all the offers and benifits of the Purple card too.

How to join 

You can join online or in-store. Joining is free of charge and you can start saving straight away.

Terms & Conditions :

1) Membership is FREE.
2) Applicants must be aged 16 years or over.
3) Your membership information and your instructions regarding how we use your information will be added to our database. Please refer to our website, www.griffinsgardencentre.ie for a full explanation of how we use your information in the course of maintaining your membership.
4) To receive offers and promotions your card must be presented at the time of purchase.
5) Your card is not transferable and can only be used by the signatory.
6) Your card is not a credit, debit or cheque guarantee card.
7) If your card is lost, stolen or is not working please contact a member of staff at one of our garden centres. The Griffins’ Club cannot be held liable for lost, stolen or damaged cards, or any promotions redeemed from the card without your knowledge.
8) The Griffins’ Club reserves the right not to issue a replacement card and to withdraw the scheme at any time with reasonable notice.
9) To be eligible for membership of The Griffins’ Club GOLD Member, persons must be 60 years old or more on the day of application. The Griffins’ Club reserves the right to insist on proof of age.
10) Gold Club membership entitles the card-holder to 10% OFF garden centre and home store purchases on THURSDAYS ONLY. Excluded purchases include: gift vouchers, delivery charges, other services, foodstore & Bakery and Garden Restaurant.
11) We reserve the right to add or deduct items from the list of excluded items at any time and without prior notice.
12) Gold Club cards may not be used in conjunction with any other offers or discounts. Where a multi-buy offer or pre-existing offer discount applies to the item purchased, you will receive the most advantageous discount – i.e. either the existing discount or the 10% discount but NOT both discounts.
13) We reserve the right to refuse you discount in the absence of your card or documentary evidence to confirm your identity.
14) If the Griffins’ Club suspects fraud or misconduct it reserves the right to cancel any points issued. Any points issued through human or software error may not be redeemed.

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Composting in schools:

Any school could, and perhaps should, practise composting on site. There is, among some people, a certain but usually exaggerated fear of problems with rodents. These problems should not arise if the composting system is managed properly.

For any school with its own garden, making compost is a great boon in providing high-quality fertiliser and soil improvement from what are otherwise treated as waste materials. The children's and teachers' fruit peels, tea bags, ends of sandwiches etc. can all be converted into a valuable compost. This will also help the school's environmental performance, and can reduce waste costs.

A lot of schools use one or more plastic compost bins, which often become clogged up with an excess of soft, wet fruit and other food. These tall, narrow bins are not very suitable for this type of material as it compacts and becomes anaerobic very easily, hindering the composting process.

Composting requires a mix of soft moist "green" materials (such as fruit peelings and other food and canteen waste, and also grass cuttings) and drier, crisper "brown" materials (such as autumn leaves, straw, hay, sawdust, shredded paper, and cardboard) to work effectively. This requires a level of know-how and diligence within the school staff or Green Schools committee that may be difficult to maintain.

 

A much easier and more satisfactory solution for most schools would be a wormery such as the one pictured. This is a simple wooden box, filled with moist bedding material similar to the "brown" materials mentioned above, and stocked with composting worms, also known as tiger worms. These tiger worms are easy to acquire - they can be bought, or even found naturally in a pile of compost or animal manure. They eat steady amounts of soft material such as fruit peelings, tea and coffee grounds, and will also eat their bedding, turning it all into compost.

 

 

 

 

 

The advantages of a wormery include:

Easy and effective management of school's food waste

Can be kept in a shed or outdoors in a sheltered spot

Can easily be sheathed with wire mesh as extra precaution against rodents - though this should not be necessary

Produces a very high-quality compost

Great educational and nature awareness tool for children. A compost bin can be a "black hole" for dumping waste, while a wormery raises awareness of the ecology and importance of a usually unseen little creature.

 

Of course, composting is great but reducing food waste is more important. A glimpse into the typical school's compost or waste bin reveals whole uneaten apples, oranges, bananas and sandwiches that have been discarded. The Stop Food Waste campaign www.stopfoodwaste.ie helps children and adults to become aware of food waste and how to reduce it, saving themselves money while helping the environment.

The Stop Food Waste website also offers lots of valuable information on composting, for example the excellent "Composting - A Household Guide" booklet which can be downloaded at

http://stopfoodwaste.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2017-Compost-Booklet-Web-Version.pdf

Paper copies of this are also available by contacting Stop Food Waste.

 

For school visits on food waste and composting, including information on wormeries, contact Donal O' Leary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 7409304.

 

Article and Images by Donal. 

 

Native Pollinator Corridors

Native plant corridors attract pollinators and wildlife to various areas by stretching across lands to connect your piece of native habitat to nearby meadows, wetlands or woodlands. This creates a much larger area for native pollinators to forage, raise young and migrate.

Corridors may run along a road, between fields, in hedgerows, on the edge of a forest.  Create a Pollinator Corridor simply by a simple ethos

Dont Mow let it Grow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildlife friendly Shrub Bed

Do Not Cut Back!

Leave all Flowers and seed heads on Shrubs to Feed Bird During

Winter

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“Don’t Prune me, Cause I will Feed the Birds this Winter”

 

Examples of great Shrubs would be ;

 Leycesteria Pheasant Berry, Cotoneaster, Rosehip, Crategus

For a Full list check out

 

http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/projects/irish-pollinator-initiative/all-ireland-pollinator-plan/schools/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you made a bee and Bug hotel .

 

 

 

here are a few images that might inspire you .

But create your own Bug Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insects are an integral part of a successful garden. Some beneficial insects can actually help control and reduce the populations of detrimental insects, and many are responsible for the pollination of flowers, both ornamental and for food crops. By providing these insects with inviting homes, you can help promote their wellbeing and contribute to increasing their numbers. When spring arrives, you’ll have all the pollintors on hand that you need and many of your guests will devour the unwanted pests in your garden, getting the season off to a good start.

 

 

 

 

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After all the snow and sleet of the previous week, the beast from the East was finally banished and there was an air of spring in the air and the sun shone brightly.

The team at Griffins in  Dripsey pulled out all the stops to get everything ready for the official Launch of the Muintir na Tire Cork School garden Competition. Muintir na Tire, Cork County Council Environment and Heritage Sections and Griffins Garden Centre have all come together to organise this exciting competition and the sixth annual competition is now officially open and many primary schools across the County have already entered.

 

 

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Speaking at the Launch County Mayor Declan Hurley spoke of his own love of gardening and praised this great initiative that helps children to learn the importance of nature while staying active

Special guests included the children and teachers of Skibbereen Boys National School Overall winner in 2017 and Coachford and Aughabullogue National Schools. These schools got the opportunity to meet and chat with local beekeepers and learn the importance of Bee friendly Gardening. 

 

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Margaret Griffins and the Local beekeepers are asking schools to help protect our bees and Plants Bee friendly gardens. Her message is simple. Plant flowers and bees will follow. This year Griffins are again awarding a special award for the best Bee friendly Garden.

Margaret and her team also gave the children and teachers lots of invaluable advice on recycling and potting up old wellies, old handbags and even using their new compostable coffee cups, which can be planted directly into the soil.

 

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Dr. Mary Stack encouraged schools to rethink, repair, refurbish along with reusing & recycling items in their garden, as this is very important for the environment.

 

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Conor Nelligan Heritage urged schools to think Biodiversity when gardening. He particularly suggested the inclusion of natural hedges, log piles, bird boxes, bird tables, wildflower meadows, nature-trails and the use of native flora. This year being Blian Na Gaelige Conor urged schools to use Irish in their school garden, maybe highlighting the names of trees and plants as Gaelige. He also suggested that schools be creative

 

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The main theme for this year is Climate Change and the Garden Categories include Edible Gardens, Biodiversity/Wildlife Garden, Up-Cycling, Art and colour Garden, Mixed Garden,   Small Garden, Best New Garden , Creative Ireland Innovation and Creativity, use of Irish in gardening and the overall best  Pride of County Cork Garden  All  schools all automatically judged for this Award.

 

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Log on now to www.muintir cork.com to register your school for The 2018 School gardens competition.  

 

 

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This is the time of the year, when we look out into our garden and Patio and see that all our beds and pots need a burst of colour  to revitalise them . The beautiful primrose is just the plant to give instant colour to your outdoor living area. Did you know that the primrose is comonnoly know as the first rose of the year,   It is also known as a primula and has about 1000 varieties. The best known is the common primrose, the bright yellow flower that not only grows in our gardens, but can be found in woodlands, hedgerows and shady meadows. It grows up to 20 cms high and has oval tapering leaves which form a rosette. The solitary yellow flowers are borne on long hairy stalks and usually appear from now until May. These are the most popular colour mainly because they reminds us of the primroses on the hedgrerows we see along our walks. But the array of colours of primroses is vast. Every colour from reds, purples to whites. Underplant your everygreen shrubs in pots or in your garden with a mixture of Colours.
Care of Pimroses.Primroses are  traditional fully frost-hardy plants will survive the harshest of Irish winters and will reward you with a burst of colour in the spring.  If you study where primroses survive in the wild , its always on a dry ditch or bank,notice how they grow at an angle allowing excess rain to run off. If you copy this type of planting, use grit for good drainage and tilt you plants at an angle to allow excess water to drain off. Your primroses will flower right through until late april.With many families and communities preparing for events next month such as St patricks day and Confirmations, this is the perfect time to Brighten up your pots. When you are adding the colour to your Pots, this is the perfect time to also feed your Planted up containers, I recommend grosure 6 month slow relase feed . push 2 -3 tablets ( medium size pots ) under the soil in each pot an you pot will be fed until Autumn.

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