Playgroup’s bright times in new garden

Bright Sparks nursery's new landscaped garden
Bright Sparks nursery's new landscaped garden

Children at Bright Sparks playgroup in Bonnyrigg can look forward to a summer playing in their newly landscaped garden.

The playgroup’s garden was given a make-over by a team of green-fingered employees from gas distribution company SGN.

The charity, which provides playgroup, holiday activities and after-school support for children with complex additional needs, and their families, moved into the Cockpen Centre in Bonnyrigg in 2010. As the staff are busy looking after the children, the garden had become a little overgrown. The five volunteers, all from SGN’s Edinburgh depot, rolled up their sleeves to help tend the playgroup’s garden, pruning, weeding, replanting, cutting grass and painting fences, as well as pressure washing the playground equipment.

Susan Melville, lead coordinator for Bright Sparks, said: “The lads did a fantastic job and it’s made such a difference to the children.

“We had them out playing in the garden this weekend and I felt much more relaxed knowing it was completely safe for them.

“They will be planting some leeks, parsley, strawberry and tomato plants in our lovely new fruit and vegetable beds.”

SGN Operations Planner Mike Hymers said: “It was back-breaking work, particularly for a team who usually work in an office, but the reaction of the children when they came out into the garden and saw what we’d done made it all worthwhile.”