Local school children in East Renfrewshire will be able to grow their gardening skills thanks to a donation from a consortium of local homebuilders.
The homebuilders behind the Maidenhill development in Newton Mearns – CALA Homes (West), Miller Homes West Scotland and Taylor Wimpey West Scotland – have donated children’s gardening equipment to Isobel Mair School.
Teacher Susan Calder took delivery of the donation – which included special gardening toolkits, bug hotels and colourful plant pots and seeds – on behalf of the school’s P1-P3 classes.
The equipment is designed to help the children in each of the four classes – Class Cumbrae, Class Iona, Class Mull and Class Staffa – during their outdoor lessons on their newly-created patios.
Isobel Mair School previously received a donation of construction play equipment from the homebuilders at the end of 2018, as part of the consortium’s pledge to engage with schools across the local area as part of their work in the wider community.
Susan said: “We were thrilled to be approached by the consortium about a donation to aid the children’s outdoor learning and play. As a result of pandemic, it’s much more of a focus from a teaching perspective and with each of our classes looking to make use of their new patio areas, the gardening equipment is perfect.
“The children are delighted and can’t wait to get their hands dirty with the new plant pots and watching the plants and flowers come to life before their eyes. They’re also very excited to see what the bug hotels bring. We’re incredibly thankful for such a generous donation.”