We are very fortunate that the school has an excellent setting which allows us to make extensive use of the outdoors. We have raised vegetable beds in which we grow vegetables to be used in school or sold to the community. We picked over 8kg of blackcurrants, 20kg of apples and 3 kg of pears this year. We made blackcurrant juice and apple juice. We also made apple jelly, apple crumble and pear and bramble crumble. We picked over 5 kg of potatoes too.
The Millennium Garden was created for the millennium in 2000. It is tarred in the letters M-I-D-M-A-R. Each space between the letters forms the garden. In the first M we have a plastic bottle greenhouse and soft fruit bushes. The I has raised beds which have recently been replanted with shrubs. The D has a willow tunnel. In the centre is a totem pole and beneath the pole is a time capsule. The second M is our global area with plants from across the world. The A is a sensory area with grasses (hear) colourful plants (see), herbs (smell and taste) and finally plants with different leaves – soft, prickly etc (touch). Finally the R is our Scottish area which includes heathers and thistles.
We are aiming to create a wild meadow area along the bank of our car park. We will be reinstating habitat lost when the car park was created. Our aim is use this project towards a John Muir Award.
The park around the school is surrounded by a variety of hardwood trees and the forest behind the school is used for Forest School activities. Bird boxes have been erected on the trees surrounding the Park.
A short walk down ‘the Glen’ allows us to us the burn for water activities. We also can access the grounds of Corsindae House, which we can use for walks, courtesy of Mr R Fyffe.