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Islanders on Lismore are growing funds to buy their school a new garden shed.
Extreme weather has battered the present day one which is now rotten and beyond repair, so a new one is needed for when youngsters get back to class.
Teaching helper Eva Tombs is busy selling produce from her own garden to help cultivate funds to buy a replacement but needs more help – or even better, sponsorship from a well-wishing business to gift a new one.
More tools and polytunnel tape are also on the wish-list.
‘We’re definitely in need of a sturdy replacement shed to keep our gardening tools in, a flimsy one just wouldn’t stand up to the worst of the weather here,’ said Eva, who has already planted an apple orchard with pupils.
‘The old shed is completely rotten and can’t be fixed. I’ve been selling vegetables from my garden to get funds rolling but any help would be appreciated. There might be someone or a business out there who will donate us one. We’d be very happy to put a plaque on it for them,’ she said.
A polytunnel in the school garden is also showing signs or wear and tear, but Eva has plans to fix it up. And there are two big raised beds growing strawberries, rhubarb and herbs.
‘I have been growing plants most of my life, which has given me much joy and good health. As a part-time teaching assistant at the school I would very much like all the children to have that opportunity for happiness and good health also. Coming back to school after the lockdown, playing outside and experiencing growing and eating vegetables and fruits that they have had a hand in growing can give them the confidence that the earth is a good place to grow up in. The earth feeds and nourishes us when we look after it with care,’ said Eva.
The start of the school year will also see the arrival of a new headteacher to replace Catherine Davies, who retired after 10 years in the post.
The tiny school, with just 12 youngsters on the primary register earlier this year and three under-fives in nursery, has been declared by inspectors as one of Argyll and Bute’s best.
Anyone interested in donating towards the shed or gifting a new one to the school can contact Eva via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her on 01631 760128.