Award-winning children treated to fun visit at new community

8th March 2018

Hazlehead Primary School pupils take part in an educational visit to Countesswells, after win at 2017 Children and Young People’s Awards. Children from the primary six class at Hazlehead Primary School today participated in a fun-filled, educational visit to Aberdeen’s newest community of Countesswells as part of their prize for winning an award in Aberdeen City Council’s Children and Young People’s (CYPS) Awards.

Hazlehead Primary School took home the ‘Learning for Sustainability Award’ for its work on creating a sculpture trail focused on visualisation and raising awareness of the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development. These aim to tackle social and economic issues, such as hunger, poverty and gender inequality, globally by 2030. The 17 individual sculptures which illustrate these goals, were developed over the school year by the pupils and subsequently displayed in Hazlehead Park.

John Low, managing director of Stewart Milne Homes North and judge for the CYPS Awards, said: “The pupils from Hazlehead Primary demonstrated ingenuity and a passion for sustainability when creating their sculpture trail and were deserving winners of this award.

“One of the United Nations’ Global Goals is the creation of communities that are inclusive, resilient and sustainable. Our vision for Countesswells is to be one of the most green, attractive and sought-after locations in the North of Scotland. Through careful masterplanning, we’ve designed a new community that complements and enhances the existing natural environment and is sustainable in every sense – from the focus on biodiversity to the use of reclaimed materials and new technology to reduce our environmental footprint.”

Following a presentation on the vision for Countesswells, the children were taken on a tour of the community and its parklands. They then participated in a game of i-spy, which tasked them with spotting key sustainability features that have been built into the landscape of the new community. Features included the Countesswells ‘beach’ – where stones that were unearthed during construction have been recycled and used to divert a natural waterway and create a tranquil public area. The children were also told about 600 native trees that have been introduced to create a green corridor connecting Countesswells and Hazlehead Woods. They also had the opportunity to play on the recently-opened playpark, before receiving a gift bag as a special momento of their visit.

Christine Beard, depute head teacher at Hazlehead Primary, added: “Our school values a strong sense of community and community involvement and we’re very appreciative to Countesswells for organising the fun-filled, educational tour.  Pupils from across all classes and ages were involved in creating the sculpture trail and, following their award win, it’s been great for them to see the creation of a new community that has sustainability at its core.”

The development of the £800m Countesswells community will be phased over 15 years, boosting the local economy and supporting around 1,000 regional construction jobs. Alongside 3,000 new homes – including 750 affordable homes – the community will boast two primary schools, an academy, healthcare facilities, local business units and retail and leisure space, all set within extensive landscaped parkland.