Schoolchildren’s hard work destroyed by vandals

Devastated...Alice Shaw and Ollie Howland both 11 after vandals attacked Little Bowden Primary school greenhouse.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Devastated...Alice Shaw and Ollie Howland both 11 after vandals attacked Little Bowden Primary school greenhouse. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Schoolchildren have been left heartbroken after vandals destroyed months of hard work on their community garden.

But the school said they have been encouraged by the response from the community.

Devastated...Alice Shaw and Ollie Howland both 11 after vandals attacked Little Bowden Primary school greenhouse.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Devastated...Alice Shaw and Ollie Howland both 11 after vandals attacked Little Bowden Primary school greenhouse. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

As well as graffiti damage, offenders smashed the greenhouse, broke the shed door and the destroyed the plants in Little Bowden Primary School’s community garden on Tuesday and Wednesday night last week.

Since then, Gartree Prison has offered to help the school rebuild it.

PE teacher James Taylor, who runs the school’s gardening club, said he has been encouraged by the response but added that the children were still coming to terms with it.

“They are extremely upset,” he told the Mail.

“Some of them were not into gardening beforehand but they put in a lot of time and energy into this. Then this happens and some think ‘what’s the point?’.

“Some were in tears but we won’t give up and will rebuild the garden.”

Police are currently reviewing CCTV from the area. The community garden is not on the school’s land but on the village’s communal land alongside other allotments on Little Bowden park.

This makes it more difficult for the school to keep it secure and reports have previously been made of youngsters using the greenhouse and shed in the evening.

“But this is the first time they have smashed it,” added Mr Taylor.

“The fruit and vegetables grown on the site are eaten at the school and we were working towards a health eating award. Now they have all destroyed.”

Anyone who has any information can contact Leicestershire Police on 101.