GREEN-FINGERED kids dug deep to do their bit for the environment as they planted 1,400 bulbs in Neilston.

Pupils from the village’s two primary schools gathered at the Kingston Playing Fields for the event, organised by the Neilston Development Trust (NDT).

Aimed at improving Neilston’s open spaces, the day was supported by East Renfrewshire Council’s parks department, which donated all of the bulbs.

Laura Carswell, NDT’s volunteer, training and employment co-ordinator, said the event would benefit the park and the kids’ educational development in equal measure.

She added: “Pupils from St Thomas’ Primary and Neilston Primary learned when is best to plant bulbs and how best to do it, and were carefully instructed by the team from the parks department.

“The schoolchildren all went away with a bulb of their own and were instructed how they could sit the bulb in a glass of water and watch it grow and flower for the spring.

“The bulb-planting is part of an ongoing series of improvements to the Kingston Playing Fields being led by Neilston Community Council and the Neilston Development Trust as part of the Neilston Charter.”

Ms Carswell continued: “The project was supported by a donation of bulbs from the council’s parks department and is part of a programme of small environmental improvements, led by Neilston Development Trust, to encourage volunteering and improve our open spaces, supported by the Action Earth Fund.”