School gar­den is set to grow again af­ter firms rally round

New kit to re­place items yobs de­stroyed back in Oc­to­ber

Leek Post & Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE - By Ruby Davies news­[email protected]­p­o­stand­

EX­CITED pupils will soon be able to use their school gar­den again af­ter busi­nesses re­placed a pic­nic ta­ble and planters de­stroyed by van­dals.

Chil­dren at Wer­ring­ton Pri­mary School were dis­traught when the planters, which had filled by their gardening club, were emp­tied into their new pond. The Sen­tinel re­vealed that their bench was also thrown off the roof, dam­ag­ing their shed, in Oc­to­ber.

Teacher Kay Bolton ap­pealed to busi­nesses for do­na­tions to help re­store the habi­tat in the pond af­ter it was de­stroyed by com­post from the planters.

She said: “Our PCSO Steve Sher­ratt can­vassed all of our lo­cal busi­nesses to ask for do­na­tions to make sure that the items de­stroyed were re­placed.

“We’ve re­ceived a new pic­nic bench from Acres­green, in Caver­swall, and Jack­sons Nurs­eries, in Bag­nall, have sent a se­lec­tion of planters to go in­side the pond, which is very kind of them to do.

“It’s been ab­so­lutely bril­liant. The chil­dren are over­whelmed by ev­ery­body’s kind­ness. It’s been re­ally great to see such com­mu­nity spirit from busi­nesses and par­ents who’ve also pro­vided do­na­tions.”

The school has also in­stalled CCTV in an at­tempt to de­ter van­dals.

Mrs Bolton, the ‘for­est school’ lead at the Wash­er­wall Lane pri­mary, said: “We had a non-uni­form day, which raised over £600 for CCTV to be in­stalled, and the par­ents have been very gen­er­ous. One ac­tu­ally do­nated the cam­eras for free, which helped us to save a huge amount. With the non-uni­form day and all of the do­na­tions, we’re look­ing at a value of £1,500.”

Mrs Bolton said she and par­ents also spent a day clean­ing the pond.

“Once com­post goes in it takes a lot to get it out,” she added. “The pond was only built in May and the school spent £3,500 on hav­ing it built. We’re hop­ing to re­store this. We’ve got a ‘frog­i­tat’ in there now (frog habi­tat) and the planters, so we’re look­ing for­ward to new life in the spring.

“The do­na­tions have made the process much quicker. At first, I didn’t know how we were go­ing to do it. I’ve had to learn how to use a pond hoover to get the com­post out which was also do­nated by a par­ent.”

Mrs Bolton says the chil­dren can’t wait to get back in the gar­den af­ter us­ing it in the sum­mer.

“They are ex­cited to use the gar­den again by the end of this month,” she added. “They were thrilled when we told them about the do­na­tions. They were amazed by the gen­eros­ity and that peo­ple cared enough to put things right for them.”

PCSO Steve Sher­ratt, of Stafford­shire Po­lice, said: “We’ve had a lot of do­na­tions. The school’s re­ceived a se­lec­tion of plants to go in­side the pond and a re­place­ment bench.

“It’s amaz­ing that these com­pa­nies have come to­gether and given their items for free. It’s over­whelm­ing, and there’s a very strong com­mu­nity spirit.”

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