Brighten up the grounds
Plants project has been completed
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