Play area opens

The Galloway News - - FRONT PAGE - Stephen Nor­ris

Haugh of Urr Nurs­ery at Hardgate Pri­mary School has a new out­door play area – thanks to a group of ded­i­cated par­ent vol­un­teers.

From hav­ing only a small rub­berised area for games, the space now in­cludes two ad­di­tional sec­tions.

One fea­tures a wood­chip area, gi­ant sand­pit, mud kitchen and ex­plo­ration ta­ble.

The other has ar­ti­fi­cial grass with a stepped/staged space, large cable drum ta­ble and a new den.

A climb­ing pyra­mid is also prov­ing pop­u­lar with the tots.

All equip­ment was made us­ing re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

Do­nated crates, tyres, deck­ing boards, con­tain­ers and gut­ter­ing al­low the chil­dren to make dens, as­sault cour­ses, cars and other in­ven­tions.

Nurs­ery man­ager Su­san Bag­nall said: “Over the course of the last month a small group of will­ing par­ent vol­un­teers have worked re­ally hard to cre­ate this fan­tas­tic out­door space.

“We’ve also de­vel­oped the front of our build­ing to in­clude gi­ant tyres for plant­ing and grow­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The Ro­tary club in Cas­tle Dou­glas has kindly of­fered to sup­ply us with a va­ri­ety of fruit trees and shrubs which will all add to the chil­dren’s ex­pe­ri­ences.

“We’ve had so much sup­port from lo­cal busi­nesses and our lo­cal com­mu­nity to make this out­door space a stim­u­lat­ing, play and learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

She added: “We can’t thank ev­ery­one enough.”

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