Official opening for new school garden

St Andrew's School pupils Sophie, Reece, Jack and Victoria with representatives from Rotary in their new garden space
St Andrew's School pupils Sophie, Reece, Jack and Victoria with representatives from Rotary in their new garden space

Staff and pupils at St Andrew’s School marked the official opening of their new garden space with special guests from Rotary.

The president of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, Dennis Spiller, made the trip from Kent to Inverurie on Friday, February 16.

Mr Spiller was joined by district governor Graeme Archibald and assistant governor, Kenny Thomson.

Money for the new garden originally came from the Tesco Bags for Help scheme and work began with new slabbing placed by John Forbes of Keithhall Nurseries last summer.

A call from the Kintore, Kemnay and District Rotary offering help resulted in members Henry Riddoch, Victor Nichol and Alastair McKay getting involved by building a new polytunnel and flower beds, fencing and installing a container that previously belonged to the former Market Place School.

Class teacher, Mrs Duthie, said: “Everyone has been fantastic and we so appreciate all of the help, even the gardening help and tips.

“This gives the children a new experience and classes can go outside and explore now.

“It has made such a difference and it is a nice and safe environment.

“We will be keeping in touch with the Rotary group.”