Alford pupils rejuvinate their ‘secret garden’


Alford Primary’s P4 pupils have discovered a secret garden at the school whilst taking part in the Adventure, Service, Challenge (ASC) awards scheme.

Taking part has provided opportunities for young people to build their self-confidence and find a sense of purpose and achievement. It also provides the structure and training which forms an ideal precursor to the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The 38 children and their teachers, along with some mums and dads, grandparents, (and even a pregnant mum and a toddler) all helped rejuvenate and tidy up a garden area within the school after the children identified it as an area which would benefit from their help.

They raised funds through an enterprise day, earning £168 and received a donation of £100 from the Alford Rotary Club. They had an enjoyable and instructive visit to Dobbies Garden Centre, Aberdeen and received £150 worth of donated plants from the company.

Eight tonnes of gravel from Craigenlow Quarries was also donated and transported to the school via GPH Builders Merchants, Inverurie.

The money raised has bought a new bench, flowers, plants and barrels, and helped to repair and stain other wooden items.