Bright future ahead for Dunbar Primary School

THERE’S a salty tang of the seaside in the recent developments of the school gardens at Dunbar Primary School.

Primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils have been developing the enclosed central garden at the school and creating new planting at the entrance. Influenced by their beautiful coastal setting, a maritime bed has been created in the central garden while a flotilla of boat flowerbeds have set sail at the school entrance which will be protected by a dozen 8ft tall lighthouses!

A gorgeous traditional wooden boat forms the centrepiece of the maritime bed. It was generously donated to the school’s Gardening Club and was beautifully restored by the Balfour Beatty joiners at Torness power station.

The dinghies on the flowerbed flotilla were salvaged from the destruction wrought by the spring storm in North Berwick Harbour last year and are now brimming over with bright flowers.

The P7 pupils created the planting designs themselves, assisted by the local amenity staff from East Lothian Council. Twelve 8ft tall lighthouses will brighten up the school fence where a variety of climbers have been planted. Talented parents designed the lighthouses which were cut out last week by the Balfour Beatty joiners at Torness power station. They are currently being painted by the P5-7 pupils and will be mounted on the fence when school re-opens after the holidays.

Within the shelter of the enclosed central garden, a selection of tasty vegetables are being grown in the recently constructed raised beds and the greenhouse.

The weekly Gardening Club was established in 2008 by parent Frances Soutar who has been “stunned and delighted by the fantastic level of community support that we have received”.

This year has been special as, with the new school building (Lochend campus) opening in August 2011 for P4-P7 pupils, this has been the last year that P4-P7 pupils are in the original school (now to be the John Muir campus).

The P7 pupils in the Gardening Club wanted to create a ‘legacy’ garden at the front of the school (the flotilla of boat flowerbeds and the lighthouses) and this was funded by an East Lothian Council Civic Pride award of £1,500. The P5 and P6 pupils have also worked hard on the ongoing developments in the enclosed central garden as their legacy to the original ‘John Muir’ campus.

While the school gardens are still very much ‘works in progress’, all of the individuals and local businesses that supported the school’s Gardening Club were invited to a celebration to recognise the marvellous efforts of the P5-7 pupils and to see what great things that they have achieved.