A growing legacy

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PUPILS from Shawlands Academy braved the cold last week to plant trees in memory of the 2012 diamond jubilee.

The third year group visited Coulter’s wood in Carmunnock to collect 60 trees donated to the school in commemoration of the royal celebration.

The haul, which included 20 silver birch, 20 wild cherry and 20 rowan trees – as well as a royal oak sapling – were then taken to Queen’s park and planted, with help from the countryside rangers.

Donnie McBride, principal teacher of attainment and achievement, told The Extra: “Half of the group visited Coulter’s wood to remove tree tubes from trees that no longer needed them – this group learned about why the trees had been planted and what benefits the tubes would bring.

“Meanwhile the other half made their way from school to Queen’s Park, where rangers Gary Linstead and Lynsey Torrance had made available a large area of ground for us to plant on.

“Halfway through the morning, the first group joined us and together we planted the royal oak, then the groups swapped”.

He added: “I hope this is something we can do again, as the pupils thoroughly enjoyed their day – and there are plans for the summer months to take them back up for a picnic among the saplings.

“They will be able to walk by in years to come, knowing they helped in the conservation of one Glasgow’s parks”.

And while Shawlands Academy have been embracing the great outdoors, youngsters from Belmont House school and Mearns primary are gearing up for a Christmas performance to remember.

Choirs from both schools have been selected to perform at Princes Square shopping centre, as part of a charity drive for Hansel, which supports people with disabilities, and Quarriers, which aids vulnerable members of the community.

Groups from across Scotland will serenade shoppers throughout December, with Belmont House performing on Wednesday, December 12, 11am-noon and 2-3pm, and Mearns primary on Saturday, December 15 from 11am until noon.

Claire Wilkinson, marketing manager at Princes Square, commented: “We’re delightedf to welcome Belmont House school and Mearns primary school to our carol concerts programme, which will help bring festive cheer to our shoppers while at the same time raising funds for two vitally important causes”.