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When pupils of Ardgour Primary School finally get the chance to return to their classrooms when coronavirus restrictions permit, they will discover they can now make use of the once continually waterlogged adjacent playing field.
It is thanks to the generosity of Broadland Properties Ltd, which owns the nearby Conaglen Estate, and the perseverance of the school’s head teacher, Lindsay Bradley, that essential repair work has finally been carried out to bring the playing field back into a condition that allows children to use it.
Conaglen Estate factor David Mosgrove explained: ‘Following on with our long standing relationship with Ardgour Primary School, Broadland Properties Ltd – Conaglen Estate were delighted to offer to rotovate, plough and reseed the Ardgour School Playing Field, which has been largely unusable by school for the past three or four years due to a lack of significant maintenance which resulted in year-round waterlogged conditions, which in turn meant the council could not cut all the grass in previous years and the children were restricted to using only a small part of the field.
‘The recent work to complete the reseeding was completed by a group of individuals working on the site in compliance with the COVID-19 guidance.
‘We very much hope that the school children will be able to get to use the field later this year, when the home-schooling rules are lifted and things get back to normality.’
One local resident and parent told us: ‘Given this kind gesture by Broadland Properties Ltd, the Conaglen Estate owners, to do all the work free of charge, I think it is only fair they get some good publicity.
‘And good news stories are very much needed just now.’