Published: 11/01/2018 08:55 - Updated: 08/01/2018 15:40

Academy students give hut a much needed facelift

Sanquhar hutA GROUP of students from Forres Academy spent time developing skills via a community based project.

The pupils spent three weeks improving the appearance of a well-used hut in Sanquhar woods which has been a target for vandalism.

The hut, located near the mountain bike trails, provides shelter and comfort to members of the public who use the woods.

Working together, the class cleared glass and rubbish, scrubbed off graffiti and put a new coat of paint on the shelter.

Shandril Tempel was pleased to help the community.

She said: "We chose this project because we wanted to improve the look of an area in our local community and develop our skills. The hut is in a lovely part of Sanquhar Woods and can be accessed by the public, but it was full of graffiti and looked awful. We also cleared rubbish and got rid of a lot of glass.The project has given us a better understanding of the area we live in and the hard work it takes to keep these areas in a good condition."

The pupils thanked Keith Builders Merchants for the tools they used to complete the work.

They also received support for the project from Wrights Home Hardware.

Tom Ireland, of Forres Community Woodland Trust, was impressed with the work.

He said: "The boys and girls have done some amazing work restoring the hut, which has been a perennial target of vandalism over the years. It is now an area of the woodland which can continue to be enjoyed by the community and visitors. We are really grateful for the amount of time and effort everyone has put in."

The project, which was completed as part of the SkillForce curriculum, was led by area manager of SkillForce Scotland North, Michelle Good.

Ms Good hopes that members of the Forres community can continue to make use of the hut.

She said: "Despite the weather and time limits, they committed fully and the results are outstanding.

"I am delighted that their efforts were noted not only by the community woodland trust but also by members of the public who meandered past. Students engaged well with the public during their time on this project and I am delighted to see them take so much pride in their work. I hope the hut can continue to be enjoyed in the future by people young and old."

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