New venture is a valuable resource for high school

Volunteers of all ages have been helping to create the Eco Garden at Berwicksdhire High School.
Volunteers of all ages have been helping to create the Eco Garden at Berwicksdhire High School.

Staff, pupils, parents and friends of The Berwickshire High School came together this month to help construct equipment for the school’s Eco Garden.

The school Eco group has managed to gain funding from HYPPE (Helping Young People Participate and Engage) and won the Marks and Spencer Eco Challenge which had a cash prize of £350 so were able to buy equipment to set up an Eco Garden.

The Occupational Health unit also donated one wheelchair bed.

Donald Strachan, retired technical teacher, kindly agreed to be the project supervisor and soon got everybody to work.

In the short space of a morning the volunteers managed to build a potting shed, two wheelchair beds, four raised beds and the frame of the greenhouse. They also dug out two strips for planting vegetables.

The Eco garden will become a valuable resource for the whole school and pupils of all ages have shown great enthusiasm for the project.

The Eco garden is now really taking shape and the Eco group would like to ask if anybody has tools, compost or seeds which are surplus to requirement which they would be prepared to donate to the school, they would certainly be put to good use.

Mrs Paulin, chairperson of the Eco group, would like to extend her thanks to all who have helped establish the garden and in particular Mr Strachan who has generously given his time and expertise which has been invaluable.