ECO MORNING: There was a healthy turnout of pupils, staff, volunteers helpers, parents and friends for an Eco Open Morning held at Newbigging Primary School on Friday.
The idea was to plant several oversized tyres with herbs, vegetables, strawberries and flowers to brighten up an area of the school grounds that does not get much sun and create eco-systems for animals and insects.
The programme had been collated by primaries four to seven teacher Gemma O’Neill and several tyre planters were given enthusiastic attention by all the children at the school, from nursery through to primary seven.
The planting episode was very much a community effort, as plants had been donated by Evergreen Garden Nursery, tyres had been gifted by Cunmont Farm and Denfind Farm as well as parents, and a parent who runs New Leaf Garden Services filled the tyres with compost ready for planting.
Assistance was also provided by Country Park Ranger John McIntosh, from Monikie Country Park, who showed the children how to build bird boxes.
Earlier the children had taken part in a ‘Salmon in the Classroom’ project run by John. He had brought along some salmon eggs and they were put into a refrigerator at the school.
The children monitored the temperature and watched the eggs hatch. John told the Guide & Gazette that he had taken about 40 alevin down to the Dighty on Monday and released them into the wild.
He hopes to return to Newbigging School soon to help them make more bird boxes and bird tables put them up.