Cullen Primary pupils are enjoying a new wooden obstacle course made from trees which fell during Storms Arwen, Malik and Corrie. The school has been supported by Seafield Estate to enhance its infant playground, using trees which fell victim to the severe storms in November 2021 and January 2022. Work was completed over two phases: firstly the log walk and stepping stones, then logs to enclose the fixed play equipment.
Property Director from Seafield Estate, David Greer, said: “As a result of Storm Arwen, and then Malik and Corrie, the Estate lost a considerable number of trees. We were very pleased to be able to work with the school to make good use of some of the timber we had to recover from roads and tracks, to use as natural play equipment. “Darrell, Keith and Bob, who collected and arranged the logs, rose to the challenge of trying to create something that would encourage active play and it was wonderful to see the children doing just that when the school invited us back to see it being used. The children clearly enjoy playing on the new structures and the timber is robust enough to last many years.”
Head teacher, Carene Hay, said: “We are delighted with the playground enhancement. It started as a simple enquiry about the possibility of a few logs which has resulted in a beautiful and safe area for the children to climb, balance and play."
Everything around this small project is community focussed, using very local material and man power. A small positive to come out of the horrendous storm damage