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Highland nursery kids ready to enjoy new outdoor classroom after handy parent kickstarts building project


By Neil MacPhail

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Teanassie children in new outdoor room.
Teanassie children in new outdoor room.

Outside play and learning has always a big part of Teanassie Nursery near Beauly, but now they can make even more use of the outdoors in all weathers.

Local joiner and nursery dad, Jacko Fraser, volunteered to build the outdoor room for the nursery.

Margie Hemingway, from the nursery, said: “It’s been a fantastic community effort, with nearby Aigas Community Forest kindly providing all the cladding, and local companies donating roofing and other timber.

"We can’t thank Jacko and his team enough for taking the time to source the materials and build this for us."

Jacko Fraser and his crew at work on outdoor room.
Jacko Fraser and his crew at work on outdoor room.

Staff member Sheila Matheson said: “Not only have we now got an amazing new outdoor room which is so exciting, we have used the whole project in the children’s learning from finding out about the trees in our environment to the milling of the wood."

And head teacher Sarah Wojuntik added: “We are so delighted with the finished outdoor shelter. A lot of hard work was put in by our very talented parent Mr Fraser, along with helpers. We are blown away by the generosity of companies and people who donated resources and time to the project. We love learning outdoors and the children cannot wait to start using their new space.”

She thanked all the local companies and people who donated materials or time: Cairngorm Windows, Proos Roofing, HIS building materials, MGM timber, Woodstock, Rembrand Timber, Gap Plastics, Logic Alarms, and Fergus Matheson and Billy Fraser for giving up a week of their time to help with building.


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