Green-fingered Haddington pupils transform nursery garden

Green-fingered Haddington pupils transform nursery garden

Josh Mumford, Harris Dykes, Ivy McCallum, Mirren Wales, Kai Clark and Archie Murie welcome Stewart Milne Homes sales consultant Gillian Sosa to the nursery garden (Photo: Chris Watt Photography)

Pupils at a Haddington primary school are working to revamp their nursery garden with the support of Stewart Milne Homes.

The housebuilder recently awarded £1,000 of funding to Letham Mains Primary School as part of its Eco-Gardens initiative.

Using this funding, children from the nursery have been creating a wish list and drawing up plans to transform the outdoor space, including the creation of a decked area with planters.

Overseen by centre manager Jenna Stevens, the children have started to get underway with the ambitious project and are learning positive skills that promote health and wellbeing with their efforts, providing a vibrant space for pupils to learn and play.

Bruce Murray, head teacher, commented: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the children to become involved in the design, planning and implementation of our garden improvements. The sense of ownership is obvious and we can’t wait to see their ideas realised. It will add value to their learning experience and enhance our setting. We were delighted to be involved.”

Launched in 2022, Stewart Milne Homes’ Eco-Gardens Initiative provides funding for primary schools near some of its developments throughout Scotland and north-west England.

The programme supports schools to purchase outdoor gardening equipment, materials and plants, which are used by pupils to renovate outdoor areas within their school grounds and importantly enhances the opportunity for children to learn outdoors. Stewart Milne Homes has also donated 30 high-vis jackets for the pupils to use when playing and gardening outdoors, which will be used year-round.

Isobel Warnock, head of sales Scotland at Stewart Milne Homes, said: “At Stewart Milne Homes we are invested in the communities in which we develop, and this ethos has inspired our Eco-Gardens initiative. We’re proud to create people-shaped places, and everything we do is designed to create a sense of belonging both in and around our developments.

“It was a pleasure to work with the staff at Letham Mains Primary School Nursery and see how their hard work will enhance their nursery garden space. We’re continuing to work closely with our community schools to grow and develop our connection with local residents and help enhance their fantastic efforts to enhance their local neighbourhoods.”

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