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Raasay Primary School pupils will soon be able to enjoy working in their garden in all weathers.

Plans are in motion to set up a new polytunnel.  It is hoped that the new polytunnel will be better able to withstand the winter weather and allow the pupils to tend their gardens all year round.

To help enrich the soil in the polytunnel, a new composting scheme has been set up.  On Monday, several of the pupils, as well as head teacher Wilma Duncan, visited residents to advertise their new community project.  The scheme will initially take effect in the School Park area of Raasay, with the potential to expand the project at a later date.  Each resident wishing to take part will be given their own compost caddy.  On Wednesdays, the pupils will collect the full caddies and use the compost in the school garden.  With the help of the community, the pupils aim to reduce the area's CO2 emissions by 17.5 tonnes.

Chairperson of the Parent Council and co-organiser of the school Gardening Club, Katherine Gillies, says: "The community are very supportive of the school and this is a nice way of involving them, as well as being educational."

Raasay Primary School pupils also had the exciting opportunity to conduct a special experiment.  Astronaut, Tim Peake, took two kilograms of rocket seed to the International Space Station and stored them in microgravity before bringing them back to Earth. 

Various schools, including Raasay Primary School, were given packets of seeds and careful instructions on their treatment. 

Despite the best efforts of the pupils, the majority of the seeds did not flourish. 

However, the school will have the opportunity to conduct another experiment, as they have obtained more seeds from the Royal Horticultural Society.

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