Lawmuir come up trumps

WINNING SMILES: Kyle McBride accepts the school's �300 cheque from community ranger Kenny McWilliams
WINNING SMILES: Kyle McBride accepts the school's �300 cheque from community ranger Kenny McWilliams

Pupils from Lawmuir Primary School in Bellshill have won the competition to name a new woodland area near Bothwell and Fallside.

The Primary 4 children fought off stiff competition from other schools in the area by coming up with ‘Old Mine Nature Park’ as the name for the new woodland being developed by Forestry Commission Scotland.

And their idea has landed a welcome cash windfall for the school who will receive £300 towards its Outdoor Learning Fund for winning the competition.

Lawmuir were one of six schools - the others were Aitkenhead, Bothwell, Sacred Heart, St John the Baptist and St Bride’s - who accepted the invitation to devise a suitable name foir the revamped woodland area which has lain vacant and derelict for many years.

Lawmuir teacher Gillian Hosie was delighted that her pupils came up with the winning name.

She said: “I’m a class teacher at Lawmuir but also the eco co-ordinator so I jumped at the chance to get involved in this brilliant opportunity.

“The whole class came up with the name together and are absolutely delighted that they have won. The name was actually a combination of two popular names that were suggested and was voted for by the whole class so it really was a team effort.

“We had a great visit to the woodland with the children. They learned so much about the woodland and were especially excited about the plan for an outdoor classroom. We can’t wait to get them back when it’s finished.”

Forestry Commission Scotland community ranger Julie Hamilton added: “We are so excited to announce Old Mine Nature Park as the new name for the woodland. We’ve been blown away with the innovative and high quality names that the children have come up with as well as the interest and feedback from the schools taking part.”