Pupils plant bulbs for charity

New Pitsligo Primary pupils getting ready to plant their bulbs
New Pitsligo Primary pupils getting ready to plant their bulbs

Primary and nursery children got green-fingers on Wednesday as they planted bulbs for charity.

All of the children at New Pitsligo Primary School had the opportunity to get involved and get planting in memory of a loved one.

The planted bulbs will eventually be called the ‘Marie Curie Field of Hope’ and it can be found next to the war memorial in New Pitsligo.

A sign has been ordered for the site but had not arrived in time for the planting.

Julie Grant, a former nurse for Marie Curie was there to overlook the proceedings.

Speaking to the Buchanie she said: “I phoned up the school to see if they would be interested in doing this and they said yes.

“We supplied the bulbs but some children bought their own. The school provided cards for pupils to write their own messages to loved ones.”

Around 700 bulbs were on site and had been donated by Aberdeenshire Council and Grampian Growers Ltd.

The pupils were not the only ones who had bulbs as members of the public had also bought some to be planted in the same area.

Local shops got involved with the idea as some sold bulbs and cards while there were also collection tubs for raising funds.

Mrs Grant added: “Next year the kids can come down and say ‘That’s where my granny’s bulb is’ and see it flower.

The day was initially planned around six months ago and the bulbs will eventually sprout into daffodils - the flower the charity is best known for.

On the day of planting around £140 had already been raised for Marie Curie from donations and sales.