Renfrewshire Council is staging a ‘community clear up’ at Auchenlodment Primary School from 10am till 2pm on Saturday 2 May.

The clean up follows an arson attack on the school’s outdoor classroom. It will involve a range of activities including: re-building the school’s greenhouse, which was destroyed at the same time as the outdoor classroom; work on a mathematical garden; power washing; painting and litter picking.

Everyone is welcome and the council will provide appropriate safety wear. Participants are advised to wear old clothes and bring ‘gardening’ style gloves if they have them.

Work to rebuild the wooden structure is taking place on Thursday (30 April) and Friday (1 May). The new outdoor classroom will be officially unveiled on Tuesday 5 May at 10.30am.

Gerry Carlton, head teacher at Auchenlodmenty Primary School said, “The drive to replace our outdoor classroom was launched by one of our P6 pupils, Dai Keen. He initially called Radio Clyde’s Bowie at Breakfast programme to drum up support for a sponsored walk.

“That call prompted a huge outpouring of community spirit that has touched all of us in the school. We have been inundated with offers of help from local people and local firms which has been matched by the council’s commitment to fund the new outdoor classroom.”

Renfrewshire Council is coordinating efforts to rebuild the outdoor classroom after the £8,000 structure was destroyed by vandals. The council is working with parents, pupils, the local community, local businesses and Radio Clyde to replace the wooden building.

The building work is being carried out by D A Loggie, Joiners and Builders.

The structure was originally built with grant funding from the Big Lottery’s Awards for All scheme and cash raised by parents. It is part of a larger £20,000 ‘trim’ trail.