GREEN-FINGERED pupils at a Barrhead school enjoyed a day outside as they learned to care for plants.

A team from Youth Enterprise Scotland (YES) visited St Mark’s Primary to help kids install flowerbeds and teach them how to care for them.

The flowerbeds have now been prepared for a fresh spring planting.

This involved a complete clearing of the gardens, overseen by teachers and YES, with recycled materials used to build planters.

A compost bin was also installed near the garden so the kids can learn about the importance of making sure that nothing organic goes to waste.

Maxine Mcfarlane, spokeswoman for YES, is full of praise for youngsters at the school in Roebank Drive.

She said: “The group consisted of 24 young people who worked very hard to clear the weeds and place the vegetation into the newly-placed compost bin near their garden. The students discussed what should go in the bin and they came up with an idea of creating a label or instructions of what should go in and what should not.

“The young people also started using their collected recycled materials to grow some onions, garlic and broad beans, which will be grown at the school until the next visit, when we will start to plant up the beds.”