Shock as school seats disappear
Vandalism claim at Blackford outdoor learning site
Youngsters at a Strath school are said to have been left shocked and horrified after a special project was vandalised.
Benches surrounding a fire circle used for Forest School sessions by pupils at Blackford Primary were stolen recently.
A spokesperson for the Stirling Street institution contacted the Herald earlier this week to shine a spotlight on the incident, during which it is alleged the seats – which had been made by a group of parent volunteers – were dragged out of a wooded area on the edge of the village and the fire circle itself damaged.
As a result of the structures’ disappearance, the children have been unable to use the site as planned this term.
Andrew Sinclair is chair of the school’s parent council.
He said: “Over the years, Blackford Primary School Parent Council has assisted the school with additional funding to be able to offer Forest School sessions as an outstanding contribution to the curriculum.
“The effort of individuals in delivering Forest School activities for Blackford Primary is outstanding, as is the input from the children attending the school.
“The news of the latest destruction of the fire circle and its actual removal from its site is disappointing to hear and was met with shock and horror by all children and parents and carers involved.”
The Forest School sessions – designed to promote the benefits of interactive learning outside the classroom – are organised and run by volunteers.
It is understood the incident has been reported to Police Scotland.
Anyone with information can contact the nationwide force on the non-emergency number, 101.
Alternatively, information can be submitted anonymously via the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.
Happier times The seats and fire circle in use
‘Shock Pupils at the scene of the damage