Public consultation for academy garden

S4 pupils Ryan Ellington and Ross Watson stand next to unfinished paths in the academy garden
S4 pupils Ryan Ellington and Ross Watson stand next to unfinished paths in the academy garden

Ellon Academy is inviting pupils, parents and members of the public to view plans for its new Memorial Garden space.

A display has been set up in the foyer of the community wing with information and suggested ideas for features to be included in the new garden.

The public consultation stand available to view at Ellon Academy

The public consultation stand available to view at Ellon Academy

Garden co-ordinator and Additional Support for Learning teacher Susan Swallow hopes that work will begin on the Memorial Garden at the end of April.

Speaking to the Times Susan said: “We would appreciate feedback and any offers of help or even interested members of the community who might like to form a group to help maintain the space once finished along with other volunteers.

“They can visit the school to write comments on the sheet, or email me at sswallow@ellonacademy.aberdeenshire.sch.uk.

“We are very excited that contractor David Reid is due to build the path at the end of April after which decisions regarding layout and planting, seating etc will need to be made.”

An artist's impression of the proposed Memorial Garden

An artist's impression of the proposed Memorial Garden

Meanwhile the school is appealing for support to win a grant up to the value of £8,000 for the Memorial Community Garden project.

The academy’s EAGer Bunch had previously applied for a pack of free trees from Octopus Energy and has now been entered into the competition.

The competition is running throughout the UK so the EAGer Bunch are appealing for as much help as possible.

Susan added: “We need funds to purchase sand, timber and slabs to complete these paths.

“One path has temporary wooden boards down which won’t last much longer.

“The other two are simply rough ground so no good for wheelchair users or individuals with mobility issues.

“If we were to win first prize this would also give us funds to buy plants and materials to build even more of our planned Memorial Garden space too so we really need as many votes and shares as we can get.

“The competition is UK wide but we have nothing to lose in trying!”

Voting will end at midnight on Friday, April 12.

To cast your vote visit octopus.energy/vote-for-our-community.