Our Stories - Kilpatrick School, Clydebank

The amazing transformation of Kilpatrick School’s garden has earned official approval from the Provost of West Dunbartonshire.

Councillor Denis Agnew was guest of honour at an open day to celebrate £15,000 worth of landscaping work by the Teddy Bear Foundation.

The charity took a barren stretch of ground outside the Clydebank special needs school and replaced it with a sensory garden budding with bulbs, plants and trees.

The project was completed in June 2008 but poor weather that summer prevented children getting the best out of their new facility.

Now, at an official opening attended by Teddy Bear founder Barry Chuwen, the ribbon has been cut to allow kids full access to the new development.

Said Provost Agnew:”This is a fantastic gesture by the Teddy Bear Foundation.

“We are hearing about banks being bailed out with billions but this shows how money can be used to bring good into people’s lives.”

The children of Kilpatrick School were quick to explore their lush new playground. A high-tech swing has also been installed which will allow children in wheelchairs join in the fun.

Representatives from three local newspapers turned up to report the event and several other public representatives took time out of their busy schedules to attend as well.

Davina Conarty, a special needs instructor, added:”We got so much more than we wanted.

“There’s two huge raised beds children can access and the centre part has been lifted up and landscaped with trees and plants.”

There must be something about Kilpatrick School because the Teddy Bear Foundation has agreed a further cash donation to help pay for adventure breaks in England.

Older kids in their late teens love Bendrigg Lodge in Cumbria, which offers a breathtaking array of activities like climbing, abseiling and canoeing.

Even party members in wheelchairs are able to scale the heights or plunge the depths in amazing caves.

Oh, and there’s a brilliant zip wire and tube slide as well!

Teacher Barbara Keita said:”This will be our fourth visit, which shows how much we all enjoy it!”

Fun times ahead for Kilpatrick School

Fun times ahead for Kilpatrick School

Provost Denis Agnew meets the kids at the open day

Provost Denis Agnew meets the kids at the open day

Cutting the ribbon:  Teddy Bear founder Barry Chuwen at Kilpatrick school

Cutting the ribbon: Teddy Bear founder Barry Chuwen at Kilpatrick school


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