Bainsford pupils seek £60K to create garden

Children at Bainsford Primary and members of the local community are appealing for votes to get cash to improve their neighbourhood
Children at Bainsford Primary and members of the local community are appealing for votes to get cash to improve their neighbourhood

Pupils want people to pick up the phone and help them secure a £60,000 windfall.

Youngsters at Bainsford Primary School have been shortlisted for the Jubilee People’s Millions in the STV Central region.

Later this month, they will be up against a community project in Ayrshire both vying for a share of the Big Lottery Fund cash.

If the school is successful they will transform an area around their building into ‘Bainsford’s Back Garden’, a focal point for the entire community.

To win they need to receive the most phone votes on Tuesday, June 28 – but the number is not revealed until the day.

Voting lines are open from 9 a.m. till midnight with the result announced the following day.

Six projects have been nominated in this region with two going head-to-head nightly from June 27-29. They will be looking for viewers’ support to decide who becomes the jewel in the crown of their community.

All projects will be open during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, 2012.

Head teacher Susanne McCafferty said the pupils were excited at the prospect of coming top. She said: “The idea is to build a nature fun trail round the perimeter of the school. It would be part obstacle course with an eco garden, greenhouses and sensory activities.

“We’ve designed it so that parts are suitable for those in wheelchairs, and also for the young people who attend Bainsford Day Centre and the residents of Harley Court. It will be a real community venture. There will also be an outdoor classroom with seating for 30 children and a giant storyteller’s chair.

“The children are very excited and are already doing lots of campaigning to get enough votes on the day.”

Elaine Burnett, chairperson of the parent council, said: “We were looking to get funding to improve the outside area for the children and when we saw this competition thought why not give it a go. We are delighted to have got into the final, but now we’re through, we’ll be putting every effort into making the children's dreams come true.”

Jackie Killeen, Big Lottery Fund Scotland’s director, said: “The People’s Millions has always been popular with Scottish communities giving them the opportunity to showcase their fantastic work to a national audience.

''This year we are delighted to be able to help mark the Jubilee by giving more groups the chance to make their communities better places to live with a £60,000 award.

“As ever, the decision rests with the viewing public so we want STV viewers to get behind those projects that you feel will achieve this change. The decision is in your hands.”

The school’s bid already has the support of Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson who urged people to vote for it. He said: “The project is an ambitious one that will have a positive effect on the whole community and should create long-term benefits.”