Vandals target school project

Date published: 07 May 2009

A greenhouse at Alt Primary School has been damaged by vandals for the third time in three weeks.

Now the whole structure might have to be replaced.

Pupils at the school have been left heartbroken by the damage and losses.

As well as wrecking the door and frame of the greenhouse, the intruders stole plants, seeds, food, and garden ornaments in the shape of butterflies and flowers.

The Alt Primary School Community Garden Project created a thriving beauty spot in only a matter of months and it inspired schoolchildren to grow their own plants and vegetables at home.

Project chairman Stephanie Wilde, who kick-started the initiative after turning a patch of rough grass into a garden, said: “We were here on Sunday so it happened sometime between Sunday night and getting to school at 8am on Tuesday.

“We are absolutely gutted and the children are very upset. We are all volunteers and the children have really got into it and enjoy it. Everything has been done with donations and fund-raising. Now it looks as if we will have to find £250 to replace the greenhouse, it is so badly damaged.”