Help school’s bid for gar­den cash

Vote for Cedar­bank to win mag­i­cal makeover

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View - Mar­jorie Kerr

A West Loth­ian school hopes to trans­form the lives of chil­dren with ad­di­tional sup­port needs - and your vote could make the difference.

West Loth­ian res­i­dent Diane Master­son has en­tered My­Builder’s Mag­i­cal Gar­den Makeover com­pe­ti­tion to win a gar­den trans­for­ma­tion for Cedar­bank School in Liv­ingston, where she works.

Now she needs your votes to get the pro­fes­sion­als in.

My B u i l d e r. c o m , the lead­ing on­line ma r k e t p l a c e for home­own­ers to find qual­ity trades­men, is look­ing for the wor­thi­est win­ner of a Mag­i­cal Gar­den Makeover, with the prize of a to­tal gar­den trans­for­ma­tion up for grabs.

This year, My­Builder is work­ing with Dob­bies Gar­den Cen­tres to help bring the win­ner’s gar­den to life by fill­ing it with beau­ti­ful plants and flow­ers.

Over 1500 home­own­ers from all over the UK have shared their sto­ries of gar­den woes, telling My­Builder what win­ning the prize would mean to them.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic have al­ready cast over 30,000 votes so far - and Liv­ingston res­i­dent Diane ex­plained what win­ning the prize would mean for her school.

She said: “I work in the most amaz­ing school with the most amaz­ing head­teacher, staff and pupils who are al­ways look­ing for ways to en­hance and en­rich the ed­u­ca­tion of our S1, S2 and S3 pupils.

“All of our pupils have a range of ad­di­tional sup­port needs, many of them are on the autis­tic spec­trum and ev­ery one of them is a much-val­ued in­di­vid­ual in our school.

“Gar­den­ing is a huge means of al­low­ing pupils to fol­low in­struc­tions, carry out tasks, to nur­ture, to plan, to agree and dis­agree but to work as a team, to so­cialise and so on.

“The area of the school where pupils usu­ally spend their breaks is shout­ing out to be con­verted into so much more - but we need a big help here.

“Break times can es­sen­tial to safely let off steam, but can also be a lit­tle stress­ful for many of our young peo­ple as they can have to try harder to nav­i­gate some of the bar­ri­ers they ex­pe­ri­ence in daily life.

“We would love the cre­ation of gar­den spa­ces that pro­vide a range of sen­sory stim­u­lus and re­lax­ation for ev­ery­one. Win­ning this com­pe­ti­tion would make a world of difference to us.”

You can vote for Diane and her school to win the prize until May 20 at https://www.my­builder. com/ com­pe­ti­tions/ gar­den-makeover-2018/ en­tries/12760

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