New playground joy for St Fergus pupils

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BUCHAN primary school pupils had reason to celebrate recently as a brand new community park nears completion.

The youngsters from St Fergus School are delighted that the £80,000 transformation is almost complete, after three years of planning and construction. The entire village will be now able to enjoy new sports facilities and play equipment, including football goals and a basketball hoop.

“It’s been a bit like painting the Forth Bridge,” says Headteacher Ruth Mackenzie. “The school has use of the park at playtime and lunchtimes and have been using it increasingly for outdoor activities. The children have been using chalk to write stories on the ground.”

The park was gifted to the village by energy company Shell in the 1970s and had been in need of upgrading for some years. Members of the St Fergus Community Association decided to take action back in 2009 and set about planning and looking for funds to pay for the massive project. After some setbacks, Association Chairperson Heather Davidson and her team secured a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund and a generous £45,000 from SITA Trust.

Heather said: “We were absolutely delighted to receive the support from SITA which allowed us to resurface and extend the old tennis court to provide a multi-use game area with two courts for football, basketball and tennis.”