Youngsters in the north-east will soon be able to develop their gardening skills, thanks to a local women’s group.
Banff Inner Wheel Club has donated five barrows to Banff, Macduff Whitehills, Turriff and Portsoy primaries as part of the organisation’s 90th anniversary celebrations.
The national group, which is closely linked to the rotary club, chooses a cause to support each year and has adopted its own Wheels Project for 2014.
The scheme donates wheeled items – from wheelchairs to toys – to local charities or organisations.
The Banff group took a different approach however, and decided local schools in their area should be kitted out with better gardening equipment.
Spokeswoman Pauline McNaughton said: “The Banff group decided to donate wheelbarrows to the primary schools within our catchment areas, the towns and villages where we have members.
“We try to give fairly local donations as these are the people who support our fundraising efforts.”
Banff Primary head teacher Margaret Thomson said she was sure the gift would be well used by pupils, especially with plans in place to take on an allotment.
She said: “We have planters around the school and there’s a nursery development happening over the summer which will involve more planting areas for the children. We’re also hoping to get an allotment next term.
“We have a pretty active eco-group within the school. I know the wheelbarrow will come into use.”