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Dyke Primary School community pulls together to revive shared nature garden


By Garry McCartney

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One of the growing tubs at Dyke Primary that is thriving under the community’s care.
One of the growing tubs at Dyke Primary that is thriving under the community’s care.

A VILLAGE community has rallied round to regrow a children’s nature garden.

Parents, teachers, volunteers and local businesses are helping children to rejuvenate and rediscover nature as part of a project at Dyke Primary School supporting learning, wellbeing and post pandemic recovery.

Headteacher, Mr Stephen Simpson, confirmed the project started last term to encourage pupils to take a keener interest in the school grounds.

He said: “P1/2 and P2/3/4 work in the garden on Wednesday afternoons. We have raised beds growing flowers, plants and vegetables. The children pick the veg’ and taste it when it’s ready.”

The tubs are growing a mixture of flowers, shrubs and trees.
The tubs are growing a mixture of flowers, shrubs and trees.

Local businesses Rural Communications and Mackenzie and Cruickshank donated plants and seeds.

Dyke Primary parent and Rural Communications employee, Emma Sedgwick, works in regenerative rural development.

She said: “Time in nature and learning about how things grow is really important. The project is benefitting the wider community.”

Mr Simpson added: “Our pupils are excited to see their seeds growing.”

More of the community's handiwork.
More of the community's handiwork.


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