Isle of Mull pupils get on board with Bud

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An 18-tonne interactive learning space dedicated to the poppy, known as Bud, has welcomed pupils from seven different schools and across the Isle of Mull.

Poppyscotland’s Bud, a truck that transforms into a contemporary exhibition designed to give the public a deeper understanding of remembrance and the poppy symbol, took the ferry for the first time.

It stopped off at three different locations, allowing pupils to visit from Tobermory schools and Bunessan, Iona, Lochdonhead, Salen, Dervaig, and Ulva primary schools.

During the visit, pupils experienced the interactive learning space, heard moving stories from veterans and made their own poppies using the same techniques that have been used by Poppyscotland volunteers for decades.

Denise Baxter, chairwoman of Salen Primary Parent Council, was involved in bringing Bud to Mull. She said: ‘It was wonderful that we could secure this visit from Bud for the pupils at Salen, and indeed all of other schools who had an opportunity to visit this wonderful, interactive experience.

‘The technology within Bud was cleverly used and helped ensure the important messages got across. It really got people thinking about conflict in general and stimulated an important discussion.

‘We often, on the Island, cannot share the same experiences as children on the mainland and any opportunity to provide them with equal learning experience should always be encouraged.

‘Our school children really benefited from this experience and it was great to have the opportunity to bring something new and high tech to our community.’

Bud will be on the road for more than 220 days and will visit all 32 local authority areas in Scotland over the course of the next three years.

More than 50,000 Scots are expected to engage with Bud over the course of the campaign.