New community playground opened

Angus the Bull officially opened the new playground at Finzean.
Angus the Bull officially opened the new playground at Finzean.

A new playground at Finzean School - for use by the whole community - has been officially opened.

Surprise guest, Dons mascot Angus the Bull, carried out the opening as children from the school made welcome speeches.

Angus the Bull presented a cheque for £8,612 - from the National Lottery’s Awards for Scotland grant - to headteacher Julie Hughson and the children.

Mary Cardno, whose daughter attends Finzean School, said: “The playground has been a major project from start to finish.

“I was asked by the headteacher to work alongside the children to try and make it happen and it has been in the planning for just over a year.

“I spent time working on the project with the older children, making up wish list of items and how thinking about how we would raise the money to fund all the items that were growing on their wish list.

“I would like to thank Aberdeenshire Council’s landscaping department for helping with matting.

“The playground has been a huge community project which has involved generous national and local sponsorship and a great deal of hard work through fundraising projects.

“We were very successful in securing a lottery grant from Awards for Scotland, there was a very successfully craft fair last year and some parents took part in a sponsored walk up Ben Nevis.

“With other donations from the community and the Mary Salmond Trust, we successfully raised an amazing £15,000, which has allowed us to install our fabulous community playground.

“This playground is not only for the school, it’s for the whole community and can be used at anytime. Also, anyone passing is more them welcome to use it.

“The playground was fitted last October and there is a musical corner, basket swing is very popular and an amazing trim trail.

“In all, it has made an amazing difference to the children but this is also for the whole community to enjoy at any time.”