Category Archives: Gardening

Places to Play

Come along and enjoy some play time with your family and take part in some activities including den building, tig games and art with nature.

We are running some places to play sessions in various areas in Barrhead, see information below:

Venue Day Date Times
Cowan Park (meet at band stand) Wednesday 28th August 2019 4.00-6.00pm
Dunterlie RC (Meet at resource centre) Thursday 19th September 2019 5.30-7.30pm
ABC Park (Aurs Dr, meet at play park) Saturday 21st September 2019 12 noon to 2.00pm

Come along to any of the sessions, enjoy the outdoors and have some fun.

Parents/carers must stay with the children!

Please wear outdoor clothing and feel free to bring a snack

For any more information contact:

Kerry Cameron – Community Worker

Tel No: 0141 577 3099


Look forward to seeing you!

After-school gardening Club

Gardening Club Primary4-7

Now that the raised gardens are in place, Miss Flaherty and Mrs Stewart will be running the after-school gardening club. The club will run on the following dates:

Wednesday 14th, 21st, 28th May, 4th, 11th and 18th June

There is no charge for this club however places are limited. Those children who attended last term will be given first option to return. This has been decided based on the fact that they designed, prepared seedlings and spent a lot of time on the new look. Places will still  be available to more pupils and will be offered on a first come basis.

If you would like your child to attend this club, please fully complete and return the tear-off slip on the letter issued to your child today.

Sow it,Grow it, Eat it.

The gardening club has been very busy researching  seasonal vegetables and designing  garden layouts. They also met with the site manager of our new extension to discuss the idea of redesigning the school garden.  St Mark’s has now been approved for a new vegetable garden! The design is based on four rectangular raised beds and one flower bed.

Designing the garden

Gardening club representatives met with the pupil council and site manager to show their plans.

The site manager looks at his school plans and agrees to take the garden design to the school architect for approval and design.

The new plan featuring the garden design is agreed by the builders and the authority. The revised plan shows the new garden design.

The gardening club has now started to prepare for our new garden. With the help of three students from St Luke’s we’ve started to sow peas, carrots, spinach and strawberries.

Good news for Barrhead Waterworks Project…

they won!

grow wild

Below is a thank you note from one of the organisers.

Can I send a personal thank you to all of you who took time to vote for the WATER WORKS project – both pupils and staff in schools across ERC.We are very conscious that 8804 votes could only have been achieved by a lot of friends helping out. Each of the other two projects achieved just over 5000 which means … WE WON!

 We were informed yesterday that the ERC / Barrhead High project had won the £100K to allow the transformation of the old sewage works into a wild flower garden area.  Work should commence quickly and I believe they aim to have it in place by next summer – we will let you know when it is ready for visits!

 The individual messages that reached me about classes voting and seeing it on other school’s twitter sites was very encouraging – I really appreciated the support from you all.

 Many thanks


Vote for Barrhead Waterworks to be transformed with a £100k grant!

 Regenerate – Water Works, Barrhead

What’s the vision?    This project puts some TLC into the WC. They want to transform a disused sewage works into a quirky garden. Playing on its industrial past, the site will use the huge sewage tanks as giant planters with beautiful displays of Scottish native wild flowers.

Tanks will recreate different environments such as wetland meadows. Young people will work with a retirement club, and there’ll be cycling and walking links, so young and old will work and play together.

Who’s behind it?   Barrhead High School nominated this site and will drive the idea forward with the help of ‘Still Game’, a local retired people’s club, along with Green Academy students and support from the local council.


   Grow Wild, Barrhead Waterworks

Eco Visit

Last week, we had a very special Eco inspection to see if we could retain our 4th Green Flag. When the inspector arrived she went to the ICT suite to hear our presentation about all the work we do in St Mark’s. Different members from each pupil group told her about the range of Eco activities we are involved in.

Some of the Power Rangers then gave her a tour around the outside of the school, including the the garden.

The assessor then visited three classes in the school and the Fairtrade shop to hear what Eco work had  been going on. She seemed very impressed!

At the end of the day the inspector called the power rangers to say we had passed with flying colours and we were to keep up the good work!

The Eco Committee