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Donation gets eco garden going again

Staff from Morrisons have donated gardening equipment to Moor Park Primary School, Bispham, after its eco garden was wrecked by vandals

Staff from Morrisons have donated gardening equipment to Moor Park Primary School, Bispham, after its eco garden was wrecked by vandals

A welcome burst of sunshine and new gardening equipment donated by a generous supermarket mean youngsters can get back outdoors to grow their own fruit and veg.

The children at Moor Park Primary School, Bispham, were left heartbroken when their eco garden was targeted by vandals who destroyed their eco dome and equipment.

Vandals targeted the grounds off Moor Park Avenue in mid January, causing thousa nds of pounds of damage and leaving the children devastated.

Now staff from supermarket Morrisons have donated more than £2,000 of equipment, including wheelbarrows, gloves and spades, to allow the pupils to continue gardening.

Guy Mason, Morrisons head of corporate affairs, said: “Morrisons wanted to make a real difference to help Moor Park rebuild its garden.

“As a company we are passionate about helping young people to learn more about where food comes from, and we wanted to make sure the pupils at Moor Park didn’t miss out on that chance.”

The school’s then Year Six class had secured funding for an eco garden two years ago and since then all classes had worked in the outdoor classroom.

But on January 17 pupils arrived at school to find every segment of the dome with a hole punched through, tools broken and empty alcohol bottles dumped in the garden.

Lancashire Police investigated a report of criminal damage.

Emma Pook, from the school, told The Gazette: “The children were so upset and shocked someone would do such a thing.”

Now they are looking forward to going green once more, setting about planting and gardening with their new equipment.

Mr Mason added: “I hope the school is able to make great use of the equipment we’ve donated and pupils get outside and gardening as soon as possible.”

Mr Mason visited the school with MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, Paul Maynard.

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