RESIDENTS at a Greenock care home are going back to school after it opened a new playground.

Over the last few years residents at Glenfield Care Home have become used to regular visits from the children and staff at nearby Madeira Nursery.

They have proved so popular that management decided to change an outdoor space into somewhere that the kids and residents can spend time together.

Kids from the nursery and the great grandchildren of resident Mary Warnock were the first to try out the new space which comes complete with a tunnel, football goals, a slide and a see saw.

The youngsters at the opening took turns planting flowers which they will help maintain on their visits.

Glenfield's activity co-ordinator Diana Knox said: “We are delighted with how it has turned out and couldn’t have asked for a better day to open it.

“The residents and children now have somewhere to play and hopefully it will get the residents out enjoying the fresh air.”

Mary has been a resident at Glenfield for a year and was thrilled to see her great grandchildren Zander, Logan, Eliza and Kara try out the new playground.

Mary’s daughter Maureen Buchan said: “I think it will make a huge difference.

"We visit all the time and bring mum's great grandchildren when we can.

“This new playground will allow us to stay longer because the children will have somewhere to go where we know they are safe and will be entertained.

“The children love it.

“They have been looking forward to coming - seeing the children play has really perked the residents up.

“Hopefully having the playground will encourage more people to bring their children along.”

Jonny Roy from Morton in the Community - who also visit the home - believes the playground will help the residents to be more active.

He said: "It is a great idea for the different generations to interact and I think it will encourage the residents to get out and about.

"Their faces light up when they see the children.”

Diana has thanks to Madeira Nursery for their support and donating the slide for the playground plus local firm BEP for donating the sign and everyone else who helped complete the playground.