Put chil­dren first Used plas­tic dis­play takes cen­tre stage

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS - BY JOANNE WARNOCK

A class­room as­sis­tant at Mint­law Academy has cre­ated a remembrance gar­den dis­play us­ing 6,000 re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles.

For­mer florist Heather Reid came up with the idea while study­ing for a de­sign de­gree through the Open Univer­sity.

In­spired by David At­ten­bor­ough’s Blue Planet, Mrs Reid’s fi­nal de­sign project looked at the prob­lem of sin­gle use plas­tics.

Mrs Reid, who lives in Peter­head, said the pop­pies were made from bot­tles of all shapes and sizes and added: “Ac­cord­ing to records 6,000 Scots lost their lives every three months of a war that lasted four years.

“Within the gar­den each sec­tion has a theme, from the Weep­ing Wall – which is a tribute to the fallen – through to the Flan­ders Field, where the pop­pies grew.

“A team of pupils have been help­ing me for the past three months to clean and pre­pare the bot­tles.

“We cre­ated pieces of art that could be en­joyed in a com­mu­nity set­ting, by us­ing re­cy­cled plas­tic ma­te­rial that was head­ing for land­fill.”

The dis­play has taken cen­tre stage in the school’s new ther­a­peu­tic gar­den and de­picts a Flan­ders Field and a weep­ing win­dow of red pop­pies.

The school held a remembrance ser­vice yes­ter­day and ob­served a one­minute si­lence out­side the school.

Head teacher Linda Duthie said the project was “fan­tas­tic” and added: “The gar­den boasts a fan­tas­tic dis­play for Remembrance.

“Crosses rep­re­sent sol­diers awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross for brav­ery and pur­ple pop­pies de­pict an­i­mals lost in the Great Wars - par­tic­u­larly poignant given Mint­law’s ru­ral lo­cal­ity.”

POIGNANT: A ‘sol­dier’ stands next to a dis­play of knit­ted pop­pies in Mint­law Vil­lage Hall

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