THE Cove Park artists’ centre on the Rosneath peninsula has launched a new “summer studios” programme aimed at getting young people in Helensburgh involved in a unique eco-friendly project.

Sessions for primary and secondary school children are being held at the Peaton Hill centre near Cove every Friday until August 13.

Children taking part in the sessions will help to build an eco-sustainable classroom at the site, learning about processes, materials and planting considerations.

Helensburgh-based artist Caitlin Hegney, Cove Park’s engagement assistant, told the Advertiser: “This radical new structure and landscaping project is co-designed by young architects, designers and botanists alongside experts in the field.”

Young people can join in as few or as many workshops as they like (or are able to) – places are free but must be booked in advance via Cove Park’s Eventbrite page (

Sessions for secondary school pupils take place every Friday from 10.30am to 12.30pm and are being described as “a great way for secondary school pupils to boost their CV”.

Afternoon sessions for primary age pupils – with an accompanying grown-up – run each Friday from 2-4.30pm and are also open to family and friend groups.

For more information about the project email or search for “Hands On Cove Park” on Facebook.

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