Children get green fingers at Ballater

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Ballater school children enjoyed a bumper eco-day on Friday, helping the school achieve the Ecoschools Scotland Green Flag award.

Despite the dismal forecast, the skies remained clear and the whole school participated in making the grounds more beautiful, using eco-friendly methods. The children, with the help of parents, got in touch with their green side and got their hands dirty by forking over their class flower and vegetable beds, adding fresh compost and fertiliser and planting out vegetable plugs.

Every class was involved in specific tasks, according to their age group and abilities.

Activities included painting wooden signs for their class veg beds, painting veg bed fences and sowing vegetable and flower seeds.

They also planted up old tyres with strawberries and potatoes and weeded the flower beds in front of their classrooms. Helped by parent volunteers, the children potted up plants for the sale at the end of the school day.

The team took the opportunity to re-paint the playground fence and stain the wooden seats. Their activities extended further, as groups of older children went litter picking around the village, aided by the Charitable Chiels.

Support was also given by the Hilton Craigendarroch, who sent two groundsmen to help with the digging. They donated compost which they produced themselves.

Banchory Tesco donated 16 bags of compost, and a selection of flower and vegetable seeds.

Pictured (l-r) are: Archie, James, Shaun, Ethan, Brenda Peter, Laura, Meghan, Marijke Ross, Annabelle, Greg, Pawel and Drew.