PARENTS and staff at Cockenzie Primary School have been left stunned after council workers mowed down an established bee garden in their playground.

The garden which was built by youngsters at the school was part of a nationwide project to support insects on or near the John Muir Way.

However, pictures taken during the October holiday show the area of land has been cut and flower heads left lying in the grass cuttings.

One image shared on social media brought a stunned response from parents and teaching staff alike, who questioned why the garden had been damaged.

One said: “My now P6 daughter is very upset. Her P5 class worked so hard to fundraise and make this bee garden and had such a lovely opening for it all to be destroyed.”

Initially, East Lothian Council responded to concerned tweets suggesting they needed to ask the school if the garden had been safeguarded.

However, one teacher responded to the suggestion, adding: “We have had the grass mowed plenty of times this year since opening the bee garden for it to not be mowed down!”

The garden was one of several projects promoted by charity Buglife Scotland in East Lothian as part of a bid to create Scotland’s first “pollinator corridor” on the John Muir Way, from Dunbar to Helensburgh.

Youngsters from the school created the bee garden with funding from the Scottish Government and the Greggs Foundation as well as Central Scotland Green Network and the local authority.

East Lothian Council said talks were due to take place at the school to establish what had happened to the garden.

A spokesperson said: “Cockenzie Primary and the amenities team have since had a chat about how they can take things forward with the bee garden and will ensure that communications are better in the future.”