Butterfly lights up Gorebridge garden

P3 at Stobhill Primary School have been busy making a large butterfly mosaic
P3 at Stobhill Primary School have been busy making a large butterfly mosaic

A colourful butterfly mosaic made by Stobhill Primary School pupils is helping brighten up a once forgotten, historic part of Gorebridge.

The P3 pupils at the school designed and put together the glass-tile piece for the Newbyres Community Garden, run by Gorebridge Community Development Trust (GCDT) and the Gorebridge and District Environmental Group, at the remains of the 16th century Newbyres Castle.

The P3 teacher at Stobhill Donna Hanley revealed how much the pupils enjoyed the project: “They absolutely loved it. We were doing a mini beast topic and they love mini beasts, especially butterflies. So they were delighted to do this mosaic of a butterfly.

“It’s completely their own idea and design. We just gave them a free rein. Every single one of them had an input into the butterfly itself.

“We did it over a series of weeks. A couple of hours here and a couple of hours there.

“The ladies from the Gorebridge Community Development Trust came up to the school four or five times.

“Once it was finished it was cemented into the garden.”

Donna revealed that the GCDT is set to work with the school again on the community garden.

She said: “I think it’s really important. We want it to be a real community garden. As it was, people just walked through it but didn’t look around. But now they will. We have had lots of compliments about the mosaic already.

“And we saw two real butterflies there at the opening. So it’s bringing wildlife to the park. In the summer holidays the children will be going to see it. And it will be there for hundreds of years.

“We can’t thank the community development trust enough. Really, they have been fantastic and I can’t wait to work with them again.

“We are looking at doing stepping stones with mini-beasts on them.

“We are really proud of our partnership with GCDT and look forward to working with them again next year.”