Prisoners donate equipment

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Prisoners at HMP Grampian have created various pieces of outdoor equipment and furniture for Burnhaven School’s new garden.

Planters, benches, bird tables, insect habitat and other items were delivered to the school on Friday, May 13.

Pupils Damon, Ewan and Chloe gave a short presentation to HMP Grampian staff members Roz McCurrach, offender outcomes unit manager, and officer instructors Neil MacNaughton and Ray Rucroft to express their thanks and to show them how the equipment will be used in the future.

Speaking to the Buchanie, Burnhaven School head teacher, Sharon Mellin, said: “ We are absolutely delighted to receive this gift from the prison next door.

“We are hoping to use the equipment to create different outdoor learning zones including a sensory garden and an area for planting seeds to grow our own vegetables to really enhance the children’s learning experience.”

The school is currently making plans for their new outdoor playground space which will include a climbing area, stage, vegetable patches and a storytelling station.

Prisoners created a Buddy Bench for pupils to use if they are feeling lonely at playtimes.

The aim of the special bench will help pupils make new friends.

They also made a sandpit which the pupils seemed very excited to receive.

All of the outdoor equipment was made out of donated wooden pallets tat would have usually been thrown away.

The pupils created thank you cards for the prisoners for making the items.