Media Release: Children’s nursery asks for volunteers for Big Dig


AN Aberdeen pre-school nursery is calling on its local community help plant the seeds for a younger generation.

Clockwork Pre-School Nursery, which is based in Altens, is inviting neighbours, friends and families to join its ‘Big Dig’ Day on 19th and 20th March, where it will plant 60 bare root whips as part of the nursery’s ongoing outdoor education drive.

The nursery has worked with the Woodland Trust which has provided 60 whips, or baby trees, to enable the children to create a biodiverse hedge at the site on Nigg Kirk Road.

Jill Clark, childcare director at Clockwork Pre-School Nursery, said: “Outdoor learning is an important part of the Curriculum for excellence, and at Clockwork we make sure the children get outside to play or visit our allotment every day.

“For our hedgerow, we have chosen four species of tree including hawthorn, holly, dogwood and dogrose, which will give us a beautiful hedge of native plants.

“Each tree will belong to an individual child, who will plant it with the help of volunteers, and over the coming months watch how it grows.

“We hope that, in time, as trees will produce berries, they will attract wildlife including birds, butterflies and insects, which the children will love.

“We have large outdoor playing areas, separated by age group, and we use vegetables from our allotment to make soup, so the new hedge is just a continuation of our love of the outdoors. The children all have bright red outdoor suits so they keep warm and dry.”

Jill would like parents, carers and local residents to join in the ‘Big Dig’ to help prepare the ground and ensure the trees are well planted.

As well as helping teach the children about nature, the hedge will give the nursery an attractive entrance.

“We would like people to come along with their spades and gloves to help us plant the trees. We will of course provide all volunteers with a cup of tea and a slice of cake and everyone can enjoy watching the plants grow over the years.”

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