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February 6, 2014

Sculpture & Nature Spirits- Scoodoos in Loughrea Co. Galway

by Ciaran Burke


When my wife hanna and I started making Scoodoos sculpture for our garden o a little over a year ago, we had no idea what we were starting!

Now they have their own website and Facebook page and Scoodoos are visiting schools doing workshops encouraging children to love and respect nature and appreciate the importance of trees. Scoodoos are ancient tree spirits, are now they are reaching out to humans to help save the environment.

Scoodoos at National museum of Ireland -Country Life, summer 2013

Scoodoos at National museum of Ireland -Country Life, summer 2013

A Scoodoo Sculpture trail was installed at the National Museum of Ireland -Country Life in County Mayo and also at Bloom, Ireland’s biggest gardening festival. The Scoodoos attracted attention of the Derek Mooney Radio programme on the national radio station RTE 1. Scoodoos are capturing the imagination of young and old. We are delighted, it is a fun way of bringing attention to very important issues to a new audience, both young and old. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

The very first Scoodoos Sculptures

The very first Scoodoos Sculptures

This Spring we are involved with galway County Council in creating a new Scoodoos Sculpture Trail at Loughrea in Co. Galway. Loughrea is a great location, where a large lake provides amenities to busy town closeby. An important amenity is the blue flag beach where bathers come to bathe in summer.

Information Evening

An Information Evening, hosted by The Garden School, relating to a Scoodos Sculpture trail in Loughrea, will take place in the Lough Rea Hotel and Spa on Wednesday, February 19th at 7.30pm. Ciarán and Hanna Burke from The Garden School, have received funding from Galway County Council under the Agenda 21 scheme to design, and install and educational sculpture trail at located alongside Loughrea’s Blue Flag beach at the Long Point on Lake Road. The Scoodoos Sculpture Trail will feature ten sculptures made from branches and twigs, with each sculpture being accompanied with an information board, displaying information about environmental awareness, and the special amenity that is Loughrea’s Blue Flag beach.

With Scoodoos, The Garden School aim to raise awareness about the importance of caring about the environment, and raising awareness of the beauty of trees and nature. The Garden School host workshops in schools, work to design and install Scoodoos Sculptures designs, and install educational trails. As part of the project, The Garden School would very much like to work with the people of Loughrea, and are inviting individuals, community, and business groups from the area to be involved.

On February 19th, The Garden School will explain the concept behind Scoodoos, show an example of a Scoodoo sculpture, and discuss how groups, and individuals can be involved in the project. If you are planning to attend the Loughrea meeting on February 19th, please email to confirm your attendance to More information via the Scoodoos Sculpture Trail Loughrea brouchure or at


November 17, 2012

Why do some humans dump rubbish in the forest?

by Ciaran Burke

Why do some humans dump rubbish in the forest?.

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