Pupils ‘Going Green’ at Castle Fraser

Abbey Laing, Kodie McLean and Bethan Wood, of Westhill P3M, making snails from wood cuts at Castle Fraser.'Ellice Milton
Abbey Laing, Kodie McLean and Bethan Wood, of Westhill P3M, making snails from wood cuts at Castle Fraser.'Ellice Milton

Almost 400 pupils from across Aberdeenshire - including those from a number of Donside schools - got the lowdown on a whole range of environmental and heritage issues at Castle Fraser, near Sauchen, on Monday and Tuesday (May 14 and 15).

Pupils from Cluny, Keig, Westhill and Chapel of Garioch primaries attended on Monday and pupils from Dunecht, Lumsden, Elrick, Keithhall, Kellands and Kemnay primaries visited the National Trust for Scotland property on Tuesday.

The pupils took part in a series of workshops which helped them learn more about the environment, including the importance of insects in the ecosystem and more about the ancient trees that surround Castle Fraser - one of Aberdeenshire’s oldest buildings.

Pupils also got an insight into life in days gone by with an ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ themed session.

Sandra Morrison, learning events manager for the National Trust for Scotland, said: “Going Green is a great way of engaging with hundreds of schoolchildren and teaching them about our heritage – be it natural, cultural or built.

“We know that pupils love coming along and getting involved and that what they learn here at Castle Fraser stays with them when they return to the classroom.

“As a conservation charity, we want to build up the environmental and heritage awareness of our young people, so we can ensure that the places that are in our care will be protected and preserved in the future.”