Kirkliston primary unveils eco bench

270612 Unveiling of new bench at kirkliston nursery, jack roots and connie dickson.
270612 Unveiling of new bench at kirkliston nursery, jack roots and connie dickson.

PUPILS at Kirkliston Nursery unveiled their new eco bench on the last week of term.

The school is currently working towards their fourth Eco flag accreditation and to progress towards it they asked nursery pupils to plan changes to their outdoor space with the importance on looking after the environment. As some of the equipment and garden furniture was in need of repair, children were invited to design some of their own ‘Fun Furniture’ to replace existing pieces in our garden.

Both children and staff began design ideas for a garden bench and to investigate different suitable materials.

Some of the designs incorporated shelter from the rain and sun. Others included storage areas for books, bulbs and viewing capsules. The idea grew arms and legs and led to parental involvement and a working party was developed, including children, staff, families and a local carpenter, Jack Roots of Simple Roots .

The carpenter visited the nursery on several occasions and gave his time to work with children in the school’s woodwork area. He also brought his tools and examples of his work to provide inspiration for the children’s designs which led to the children voting on a design. They eventually came up with a design which was Connie Dickson’s idea of a bench with a tree growing up through it.

Following last winter’s storms, the nursery contacted Jack to find out if it was possible to make use of fallen timber to help reduce the cost of the project. This move would also compliment their eco beliefs and code.

Now after almost a year in creating, the project was finally unveiled at the school.

Helen McKenzie, principal teacher at Kirkliston Nursery School said: “We are very proud of our nursery garden. We often have visitors from other schools and local authorities to observe our good practice. This project encouraged ownership and motivation for children along with aiding our Eco application. The project has now been running since the start of Term (Autumn 2011) and has come to satisfying conclusion this week with the completion and delivery of our unique garden bench. We have kept a detailed journal of our furniture project to share with children, parents and visitors alike.”