Brighten up the grounds

Plants project has been com­pleted

The Galloway News - - SCHOOL NEWS - Dal­beat­tie Pri­mary

Green-fin­gered vol­un­teers have helped to trans­form the grounds of the new school.

Last week a busy team put the fin­ish­ing touches to a plant­ing project which took root in the spring.

The task of fill­ing 11 large planters with plant stock for the first time was no lit­tle task.

But now they are full of herba­ceous plants which the chil­dren can weed and tend over the years to come.

The out­door learn­ing area al­ready boasts a large al­lot­ment area with raised beds and a poly­tun­nel for grow­ing veg­eta­bles.

Dal­beat­tie Ro­tary Club gen­er­ously do­nated £750 to fi­nance an ini­tial or­der of plants af­ter be­ing con­tacted by the school’s eco group.

And coun­cil grounds staff Caro­line McLach­lan and Brian McAviney pro­vided in­valu­able help and ad­vice to en­sure the project’s suc­cess.

Deputy head teacher Alex Howie said: “Brian kindly of­fered to take de­liv­ery of our plants back in April. With his team he pot­ted them up and cared for them all sum­mer.

“That meant they would be bet­ter es­tab­lished to plant in the au­tumn.

“Last Mon­day the plants ar­rived back. It was amaz­ing to see the size they had grown to – we are so grate­ful be­cause, with the sum­mer we had, we would surely have lost most of the young plants with­out Brian’s help.”

Par­ent vol­un­teers car­ried out the heavy work of weed­ing and dig­ging over the planters be­fore pro­gress­ing to plant­ing out.

The school thanks Wilkos in Cas­tle Dou­glas for 10 bags of free com­post and BSW Tim­ber for sup­ply­ing bark.

Spade­fuls of thanks also go to the school’s team of trusty vol­un­teers – Andy Kalotka, Mr McMor­ran, Ali­son Hous­ton, Si­mon Mein, Su­san Robert­son, Fiona An­der­son, Ruar­idh Ben­son, Laura Dickie, John Boyn­ton, Fran Drum­mond, Lee Maxwell, Emma McGuire, Pamela Cal­dow, Vic­to­ria Cameron and Gayle Cooper.

Pre­par­ing the ground Work is un­der way to tidy the beds be­fore plant­ing

Dig in P1’s So­phie Pen­nell gets busy with her trowel

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