STAFF at intu Braehead showed they were a class act by volunteering to create a new garden for pupils at a Scots secondary school.
Bosses at the shopping and leisure destination dug deep and donated more than £2,000 to the project.
Then, with some help from workers with the Young Enterprise Scotland charity, 16 staff from intu Braehead set to work to transform an overgrown piece of waste ground at Dumbarton Academy into a garden with stone pathways and raised plant beds.
Pupils will now be able to cultivate flowers, vegetables and fruit plants in the new garden.
The army of volunteers spent a day working on the site, clearing long grass, shrubs and trees as part of intu’s company-wide initiative, which encourages staff to give up time from their working schedule to help support charity or community work.
Head teacher at Dumbarton Academy, Mrs Claire McInally, said: “Creating this new garden gives pupils the opportunity to develop not only their horticultural skills, but it gives them an insight into enterprise.
“After the pupils harvest what they have planted, they will be able to sell the produce through the school, so they will see their efforts come full cycle.
“Since we moved to this new school we have struggled to create a garden big enough for the pupils to work on.
“But thanks to intu Braehead and Young Enterprise Scotland we now have a super-sized garden.”
Mrs McInally added: “A few pupils spent some time helping the volunteers build the new garden and they were able to witness what teamwork can achieve.”
Geoff Leask, Young Enterprise Scotland’s chief executive, said: “This was a great project for us to be involved with. The final product of a working garden will give pupils a resource they can use for many years to come and it gave the team working with us good work experience.”
Gary Turnbull, intu Braehead’s general manager said: “We always like to give something back to the local community and creating this garden was one way of doing this for West Dunbartonshire.
“I’d also like to thank the staff from intu Braehead who volunteered for what was at times some back-breaking work, but I know they got great satisfaction from seeing the transformation of this piece of waste land into something the pupils will get the benefit from.”
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