Trashed gar­den gets spruce-up

Cheque for £350 to com­bat van­dal­ism

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Robert Mitchell

Fir­park Sec­ondary School’s gar­den – which was trashed by van­dals – is set to be re­stored to its for­mer glory thanks to a gen­er­ous do­na­tion.

The Mother­well gar­den, which was com­mended by Jim Mc­coll and fea­tured on tele­vi­sion’s Beech­grove Gar­den, is a valu­able re­source for the pupils.

For four years now the school, which has over 150 pupils with a wide range of ad­di­tional sup­port needs, has de­vel­oped a range of vo­ca­tional ar­eas in­clud­ing poly tun­nels and raised beds where they grow fruit and veg­eta­bles. Much of this pro­duce is then served in the school’s bistro, which is open to the pub­lic.

The gar­den has been van­dalised on two oc­ca­sions with one of the poly tun­nels be­ing slashed and some plants ripped out.

How­ever, staff at Bell­shill Trans­port stepped in with a do­na­tion of £350.

Head reacher John Mor­ley said: “It’s very up­set­ting for the pupils and staff who work so hard to main­tain the gar­den.

“Since the van­dal­ism, I’ve been over­whelmed by the re­sponse from the lo­cal com­mu­nity to re­pair this dam­age. We have had gen­er­ous do­na­tions from Mother­well Com­mu­nity Group, Wishaw Mul­ti­ple Sclero­sis Group, lo­cal butcher Sandy Cooper, and Mother­well South Par­ish Church ran a se­ries of cof­fee morn­ings and do­nated the prof­its to the school.

“This fab­u­lous com­mu­nity re­sponse will en­sure that the dam­age can be re­paired and that the pupils will once more en­joy their classes.”

Elaine Mac­don­ald from Bell­shill Trans­port, ac­com­pa­nied by col­leagues Shona Brown and Mary Bryan, went along to the school to see the gar­den and present the cheque.

She said: “One of the me­chan­ics at the de­pot now works as an ASN as­sis­tant at Fir­park and told us about the van­dal­ism.

“We know how im­por­tant the gar­den is to the school and its pupils.

“It was a plea­sure to present the cheque to some of the pupils and I hope the money will help re­store the gar­den to its for­mer glory.”

Pic­tured left to right are John Mor­ley, Elaine Mac­don­ald, and ASN as­sis­tant Billy Gray, with pupils Cameron Docherty and Reece Cooper. hor­ti­cul­ture

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