Balgonie kids get Beechgrove help

Pupils of Coaltown of Balgonie Primary School with BBC presenter of Beechgrove Garden TV programme
Pupils of Coaltown of Balgonie Primary School with BBC presenter of Beechgrove Garden TV programme

Greenfingers children at Coaltown of Balgonie Primary School called in the experts to help with their garden project, reports NEIL HENDERSON.

The budding gardeners enlisted the help and expertise of non other than Jim McColl from the BBC’s long running Beechgrove Garden television programme.

The Green Club which meets every week after school put in a request to help transform the school garden not really expecting to hear anything back.

However, staff were stunned when learned they had been chosen out of a large number of applicants to appear on the TV Programme.

Rachael Golz, an employee at the school explained how it all came about.

She told the Gazette: “It was the idea of one of the pupils to write a letter to the programme back in February.

“We really didn’t expect any reaction from the BBC because I’m sure they must get thousands of letters of request just like ours.”

“It was a great surprise when the programme makes wanted to visit the school in the summer to assess the possibility helping us with the project and the possibility of including us in a future programme.

“When they confirmed they did, everyone was shocked and of course, delighted.”

“Jim McColl was a real character and a hit with the children.”

A spokesperson for the Beechgrove Garden explained why the primary school was successful.

“We give due consideration to all the public requests for help from the programme.

“What attracted us to this particular request was the direct involvement of the children themselves and the enthusiasm they have shown as part of an after school club to make it a success.”