New garden plans in place at Burntisland Primary

Let the spadework begin! ' Maxine at the site of the new garden. Pic: FPA
Let the spadework begin! ' Maxine at the site of the new garden. Pic: FPA

Budding gardeners from Burntisland Primary started sowing the seeds for a beautiful new memorial garden at their school this week.

Pupils from the school joined teacher Lynne Bennett and staff from the Ecology Centre in Kinghorn, as well as local woman Maxine Walker, who helped raise thousands of pounds for the project through an online appeal for donations to plan the layout for the “learning garden” in memory of former depute head teacher Margaret McCormick.

The social media appeal raised £3500 in just four weeks last year to transform a grassy area at the new school in the Toll Park into a beautiful garden featuring things loved by Mrs McCormick, a much-loved teacher.

And on Monday, groups of children, who all contributed to the contents and layout of the garden, met to start planning their creation.

The tools they will be using were renovated by them when they visited the Ecology Centre’s Easy Peas-y Project, which encourages the public to grow their own fruit and veg.

The garden will feature raised planters, which the children will plant, tend and cultivate with wooden palettes for the planters provided by local firm, Scott Timber, and slabs donated by a member of the local community. There will be a bench with a plaque bearing a poem in memory of Mrs McCormick and a grassy area with tree stump seats for outdoor learning in the better weather.

Lynne Bennett, outdoor learning teacher, said: “We are setting out the framework for what the garden will look like and the children are being involved every step of the way.

“We have been planning the raised beds and where they will go in the garden and the bench and seating for the outdoor learning area have been ordered.”

Julie Anderson, head teacher added: “It will be a real living and growing garden for the children to learn in and develop themselves, which is what Margaret would have loved.”

Maxine Walker, whose four children all attended the school and who first raised the idea of having a garden dedicated to the memory of Mrs McCormick, said: “I spoke to Margaret’s son John, who told me about his mum’s favourite flowers, and I visited her old garden to see what it looked like.

“It was great to go along this week and see how the plans are progressing and try to picture what the finished garden will look like.

“Everyone is very excited that things are starting to take shape and we can’t wait to get started with the planting and building.

“It is going to be a great tribute to Mrs McCormick.”

Margaret McCormick

Mrs McCormick was a teacher at Burntisland Primary School from the early 1970s until she retired in 1997 as depute head of the school.

She taught several generations of pupils and was remembered as a kind and caring teacher who was well respected by her peers.

She passed away in October 2012.