Pupils from Camphill School Aberdeen, which provides education and support for children and young people with special needs, have been carrying out refurbishment work at the Ross Watt Community Garden in the Culter area of Aberdeen, as part of their activity for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Four final year pupils – James Jay, Conor Reid, Samuel Scott and Charlie Walker, all 18 years old – have been improving the gardens and the play area, as well as starting work on a new walkway and seating area in the wooded section of the garden. This part of the work has been particularly hard as it involved removing large boulders from the route.
In total there are nine pupils from Camphill School completing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, which involve voluntary work, physical activity and an expedition. On Tuesday and Wednesday (June 15 and 16) the pupils will be taking part in the expedition element of the award scheme, which involves them spending two days and one night in remote countryside.
One of the pupils, Conor Reid, explained why he had decided to volunteer for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards:
“I thought it would be an opportunity for my last year at Camphill School Aberdeen. It has been a lot of hard work, but it has also been good fun.”
Camphill School Aberdeen, based in the Bieldside and Milltimber areas of Aberdeen, is an independent school providing education, care and medical support for pupils with complex special needs.
Camphill School Aberdeen is one of seven Camphill charities represented by Camphill Aberdeen City and Shire. In all 700 people live and work in these centres in the Aberdeen area.
The first Camphill community opened its doors on June 1, 1940 at Camphill House in Milltimber, Aberdeen. From Aberdeen, the Camphill Movement has now grown to 100 centres, with 10,000 people in 23 countries.