PARENTS, pupils and friends from around the globe helped to make Madras Nursery blooming lovely back in 2003.

This week 15 years ago, staff at Neilston nursery had just celebrated the end of the second phase in making the grounds the pride of the community.

Among those in attendance at the launch event were representatives from the Levern Valley Partnership, Carts Greenspace, Neilston New Community School, East Renfrewshire Council and several local businesses.

All had played their part in helping turn the space into a gardening showcase.

A mural was even painted with the help of visiting students from North America.

The truly global gardens also had an educational purpose, with a beastie corner and wildlife garden.

Ken Macintosh MSP and Provost Betty Cunningham joined the celebrations, cutting the ribbon to officially open the garden.

Also in attendance was artist Elizabeth Skea, along with pupils, parents and others who helped to fund the project.

Sandra Carrey, Madras Nursery headteacher , said at the time: “This is superb work by the parents who have transformed our grounds. It’s been a real community initiative and means that we don’t just have superb school grounds but also an environmental education resource that is second to none.”