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Tinky Winky fun for Inverness tots after developer steps into help

By Louise Glen

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Holm nursery pupils Eleanor Rhind-Porter (top). Scott Shepherd (left) and Isla Gilmour (right).
Holm nursery pupils Eleanor Rhind-Porter (top). Scott Shepherd (left) and Isla Gilmour (right).

Playtime at an Inverness nursery has become a magical experience for young children thanks to some creative landscaping from house builder Robertson Homes.

The parent council at Holm Primary School on Stratherrick Road initially turned to the developer to request a donation of top soil in order to re-seed an un-loved, muddy patch of land.

However, after a visit to the school, Robertson saw the opportunity to totally re-landscape the area, creating hills and tunnels resembling the iconic earth house in the hit children’s BBC TV series Teletubbies.

With additional support from Highland Landscapes, Auldearn Fencing and UB Civils the play area has been extended to create not only a fun but educational part of the school.

Elaine Christie, early years practitioner at Holm Primary School, said: “Our children absolutely love their new play area. We specifically wanted a natural environment with real turf rather than artificial grass and Robertson went above and beyond to create something truly special.

“It is a brilliant space where children can play and learn outside in all weathers, making mud pies and dens and exploring the outdoors.

“Not only do all of our 50 nursery children and our breakfast and after school clubs use the area, it has also enthused all the teaching staff who have helped to build paths and plant trees making it an even more exciting place to play and learn.

“Additional thanks must also go to all the parents and grandparents and the parent council for their help and donations in making this possible.”

Jacqui McPherson, sales manager at Robertson Homes, said: “Holm Primary School is just a short distance from our Ness Castle development of family homes and we were pleased to help them turn what was a patch of mud into something local children enjoy so much.

“Landscaping is something we take incredibly seriously on all our developments and we know the positive impact of outdoor design. Our team was inspired as soon as they saw the plot and in true Robertson fashion knew that we could make a real difference.”

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