Maisondieu open new garden for pupils

Pictured are pupils at the garden
Pictured are pupils at the garden

Maisondieu Primary School in Brechin proudly opened its brand new ‘Our World Sensory Garden’ for primary and nursery pupils last month.

The garden is the culmination of two years of hard work by children, families, staff at the school and local community volunteers.

A spokesperson for the school said: “Our World will provide many interesting learning experiences for the pre-school and other classes at Maisondieu and the Eco-committee will play a key role in overseeing the care of the garden.”

The opening was attended by people who gave their time and donated resources and equipment towards the project.

The spokesperson continued: “Central to this happening was James Anderson, a teacher who designed the garden, and Scott McNeill, the project manager, who took on the huge task of co-ordinating a growing group of volunteers and contractors to turn the plan into a reality.

“Douglas Murray and family have a long-standing connection with the nursery garden since they kindly donated the Ivy Cottage and playhouse in 2005, and besides re-roofing the cottage, they have developed a woodland area around it including a lovely bridge over the water feature that D and F Contractors built.

“Rosehill Timber provided bark chippings for the woodland floor. A race night at the Park Bar raised funds to pay for the laying of the tarmac that Tayside Contracts donated for free. John Wathinson of Woodbury Estate, Glenisla, donated Willow rods for a living willow tunnel. Brechin Castle Centre, Trinity Garden Centre, Sheena Hawke and Mr and Mrs Mackie provided plants and advice.

“The rockery came to life with Gavin Lawrie providing boulders and use of his tractor. Brandon Aggregates provided gravel andon Travis Perkins Trading donated building materials. The Parents and Teachers Association gave funds for a new garden shed.

“Many volunteers have helped by contributing donations, working on the garden or supporting fund-raising events. It is impossible to name them all but the school would like to thank every one of them for making the garden possible.”