Community spirit provides playground at Dalkeith school

Pupils enjoy the new playground
Pupils enjoy the new playground

Pupils at St David’s Primary in Dalkeith are enjoying a new playground - provided by a huge effort from the school and the local community.

The project cost £8,500, with some of the play equipment provided by Buccluech Estates. While, housebuilders Taylor Wimpey provided money and volunteers to carry out the work. Many local businesses donated and Network Rail also contributed to the project which has brightened up playtime for the pupils.

Leah Robertson (11), said: “I love the new playground, especially racing my friends around it and I really like the monkey bars. I love swinging from them!”

Jemima Majekodunmi (11), said: “I like it because we have wanted this for years and now it finally here and I am enjoying playing on all of it – it’s amazing!”

While, 10-year-old Rhys McCourt was full of praise for those that delivered the playground: “The builders were amazing, and they worked in the snow and rain.”

Ross Stupart is chairman of the parent council at St David’s. In the past three years they have raised £10,000 for this project and various trips for the pupils.

He said: “We have had a lot of support from local businesses and funding streams.

“It shows what a community can do with some collective responsibility.

“We are getting signs from the Borders Railway route to put on the equipment. As recognition of Network Rail providing £1,500 to the project. It will hopefully tie in with the support they have given us.”

Mr Stupart explained why the playground needed upgraded: “We have done it in two phases. We installed a traverse climbing wall last year with the first part of the cash. The project lasted a couple of years. It was needed. It’s looking good now.

“The kids used to have a lot of space to run around but the land was sold for houses. So we have looked to beef up the equipment they have got to play with in a smaller space.

“It has only been possible with the collaboration with the entire community.”

The playground equipment includes balance beams, stepping stones and a wobbly bridge.