Cruel vandals wreck school garden

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VANDALS have cruelly wrecked a garden set up by a primary school to help its children come to terms with loss.

Green-fingered youngsters at William Stukeley Primary School in Holbeach had helped plant up flowers and vegetables in a walled garden – but arrived at school last Monday to see their efforts had been destroyed.

At some point during the weekend of September 10 and 11 vandals climbed over a cycle shed to get into the garden and trampled on some shrubs, damaged a wooden arbour and dismantled a poultry house that was ready for some chickens.

All the heads were ripped off the sunflowers the children had grown themselves.

Teacher Michele Holliday, who runs the Monday gardening club with Rachel Blanchard, said: “They were upset to come in and see it had been trashed. They’ve planted the flowers and the vegetables themselves so it’s a lot harder for them to come to terms with.

“We were going to have a reflection area because unfortunately we have had one or two of the children who have lost relatives. It’s just somewhere where anybody who has a loss at the school, it could be a relative or it could be a pet, could go.

“We had had problems before and always held off doing something like this but we put up a fence and things had been relatively calm.”

Police are trying to trace the people responsible for the vandalism and want to hear from anyone who knows anything about the incident.

PCSO Jane Gardner, from Holbeach Neighbourhood Policing team, said, “This is a truly saddening case of wanton and mindless vandalism.

“The offenders even snapped the heads off all the sunflowers that the children have been patiently growing and all the pupils and staff at the school are understandably shocked and upset.

“The school has suffered incidents of anti-social behaviour in the past and so has spent a great deal of money erecting metal fencing around the perimeter.

“The local policing team will be increasing patrols in the area and anyone found causing damage within the school grounds will be dealt with robustly.”

Anyone with information should contact PCSO Gardner at Holbeach Police Station on 0300 1110300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.