Locals urged to make votes count and help sensory garden grow

Hawick, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM. - 22 Oct 2013 : '''(Photo by  Rob Gray / freelance / � 2013)
Hawick, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM. - 22 Oct 2013 : '''(Photo by Rob Gray / freelance / � 2013)

PUPILS at Wilton Primary School are hoping everything in the garden will be rosy – but they need the help of locals to make it possible.

The school has a chance of being awarded a £3,000 grant from the Bank of Scotland Community Fund 2013.

The money would go towards developing the playground and sensory garden – providing greater opportunities for pupils, staff and members of the local community.

But they need votes to help make their dreams a reality.

Acting head teacher Zena Richardson told the Hawick News: “Being shortlisted is a tremendous honour but now we really want the chance to see our ideas come to life as we know they would be of considerable benefit not only to our pupils but also to the wider community in and around Hawick.”

Wilton is a dedicated support centre for nursery and primary-aged pupils who have additional support needs, including children with autistic spectrum disorder, physical challenges and other support needs.

The school aims to provide the intellectual, social, recreational and spiritual environment in which children can most fully realise their potential in every aspect of their development.

Mrs Richardson explained the benefits of the proposed project. She said: “The money would be used for two things. Firstly, we’d like to build a stage in the playground to enable us to use the expressive arts to encourage learning, language development and the raising of confidence and self esteem.

“Secondly, we’d like to develop a surface in the sensory garden which will allow wheelchair access to the raised beds, thereby encouraging all our children to be involved in outdoor learning. The difference this will make to all of our pupils is considerable.

“As well as promoting their language and artistic development, it will also enable us to nurture their enthusiasm for the outdoors.

“Equally important are the opportunities these facilities will open up to us for encouraging and strengthening even greater links with our local community.

“There is great potential for the stage and garden to be used for outdoor performances and events that anyone interested could take part in.”

To vote for Wilton Primary School text VKQB to 82332 or visit the Bank of Scotland Community Fund website at: www.bankof

Community Fund 2013 voting is open until November 1.