A team of willing workers from Kirkcudbright Training Centre has ‘dug’ deep and ‘pitched’ in to build a new sensory play area at Gatehouse Primary School in Gatehouse Fleet.

The kind-hearted volunteers have spent over 450 hours constructing the unique 10 x 10 foot chequerboard design, which comprises a variety of different materials including decking boards, mulched bark and  recycled plastic stokboard for the children to explore and play with.

John Riley, Head Teacher at Gatehouse Primary explains how Landmarc got involved:

“This is actually the second time that the Landmarc team has volunteered to help the school, as back in October 2014 they built an amazing adventure playground for the pupils, which the children absolutely love and has been a real welcome addition to the school environment.  So when we began looking at other outdoor facilities, Paul Beswick, Landmarc’s Area Delivery Manager was our first point of call to see if his team could offer their services again.

“The team very kindly offered to create the new sensory area for us and the results are amazing. The pupils are thoroughly enjoying their new all-weather outdoor experience. We can’t thank Paul and the Landmarc team enough!”

Paul Beswick, Area Delivery Manager from Landmarc adds:

“It’s been great to be back at Gatehouse Primary again to provide another outdoor area that enables the children to have fun and get active. It’s been a real team effort, with a number of staff from Kirkcudbright giving up some of their time to pitch in. Even our managing director, Steve Utley and finance director, Lee Martin joined us for a couple of days of hard shoveling and leveling – and all this through the cold Winter months and, at times, the unpredictable Scottish weather!

“Better still, just as we were completing work on the facility, news came in that the school had been allocated funding from Tesco for a walk a mile path, so we are now working with teachers to help finalise the specification for this next project.”