Poignant tribute to young murder victims

Pupils from Royston Primary School with Glasgow City Deputy Provost Allan Stewart at the opening of a Memorial Garden at the school. Friday, June 3 2011.(Photo/Chris Clark) ? Chris Clark
Pupils from Royston Primary School with Glasgow City Deputy Provost Allan Stewart at the opening of a Memorial Garden at the school. Friday, June 3 2011.(Photo/Chris Clark) ? Chris Clark

A CARING school has unveiled a new community garden in memory of three boys who were killed in tragic circumstances.

Royston Primary is still coming to terms with the loss of eight-year-old Mark Cummings and brothers Paul (six) and Jay Ross (two).

The school has dedicated its new Garden of Eden community greenspace, which was opened by Bailie Allan Stewart last week, to the boys and a plaque is set to be unveiled in August.

Liz Davidson, head teacher of Royston Primary, said: “I think this is a fitting tribute and I think the boys’ families will agree.

“When we planted trees at the front of the school for the boys their families said it meant so much and gave them a focal point and showed they were not forgotten. Although we’ve moved on, we will never forget them.

“The school is still coming to terms with what happened and I think the garden will give the children somewhere to come and think about the boys. It is bittersweet though as I see young children enjoying themselves at the opening and I feel they should be here.”

The garden, which includes raised vegetable beds, trees, bushes and flowers, has been designed by pupils and will be used as an environmental study area by the school for art, science and eco lessons.

Groups including Glasgow City Council, countryside rangers and Blochairn, Spireview and Copperworks housing associations have all worked with the school on the £45,000 project – which began four years ago.

Cornel Neil, an employability officer with the council, came up with the idea for the garden whilst working at Royston Language Unit.

He said: “I’m delighted with the garden and the school is overwhelmed.

“We wanted to create something that would stand as a memorial to the boys. People are still coming to terms with their loss and I think this is a fitting tribute.”

Former Springburn MSP Paul Martin was involved and said: “I think it is a good way to remember the boys.”