Outdoor classroom for Peterhead Central School

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A group of Primary 7 pupils at Peterhead Central School are busy creating their own outdoor classroom in the Landale Road Community Gardens.

The work is the brainchild of P7 teacher Miss Holly Jack and Ken Duncan, who oversees work at the site.

Miss Jack is very enthusiastic about the project and can see that the opportunities for outdoor study are many and worthwhile.

The pupils have been given a large plot where they aim to grow both flowering plants and vegetables.

They have already completed a thorough litter pick and a bug survey and are currently hard at work designing a colourful mural to be painted on the wall adjoining the neighbouring tennis courts.

The painting will be carried out by The Prince’s Trust who are keen to take part in the project.

In addition to this the class aim to produce artwork using recycled materials to put on display in the gardens and they are looking forward to putting up bird feeders and nesting boxes.

Miss Jack is hoping that the class will receive encouragement for their hard work and she has signed them up for the RHS School Gardening Awards.

They are currently working towards their level 3 certificate every Friday afternoon with the help of parent volunteers.

Katy Watson of The Happy Plant Centre in Mintlaw also takes part in the work on Fridays and the firm has very kindly donated many items towards the project including compost, seed potatoes, sweet peas and daffodil bulbs.

The children are very excited about their work and although they don’t mind the worms they dig up, they do mind the dog mess they find and another of their jobs will be to create posters reminding pet owners of their responsibilities.

The Landale Road Gardens are there to be enjoyed by everyone in Peterhead and it is hoped that the work by Peterhead Central School will encourage even more residents to pay a visit to their local community gardens.