Heartless vandals damage pupils' green-fingered project

The Northern Echo: GARDEN DAMAGE: Teaching assistant Teresa Smith pictured in the polytunnel of the garden at Ramshaw Primary School which has been subjected to vandalism from youths in recent weeks  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH GARDEN DAMAGE: Teaching assistant Teresa Smith pictured in the polytunnel of the garden at Ramshaw Primary School which has been subjected to vandalism from youths in recent weeks Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

HEARTLESS vandals damaged plants and uprooted vegetables being grown by primary school children.

As part of a project with Beamish, the Soil Association and the Food For Life programme, pupils at Ramshaw Primary School have been growing their own plants and vegetables in three 10ft by 5ft seed beds and a polytunnel, as well as caring for four chickens in a specially-built coup in the school grounds.

Their efforts have been hampered several times over the last few weeks by unknown assailants entering the enclosed school field and trampling on the plants, kicking them and throwing them away.

On one occasion, the seed beds were stolen.

A nearby church donated theirs to the school so they could continue the project.

Headteacher Dominic Brown said: “These are little kids learning how things grow and we just need these people to leave us alone.

“Our pupils have been quite cross about it.”

Police are investigating the incidents and appealed for information about those responsible.

A Durham Police spokesman said: “The children in the school, as well as school volunteers, have invested a lot of time and effort in creating and making a wonderful learning environment that mindless and thoughtless people have ruined, causing distress to the children.”

Anyone with information is asked to call PC Matt Plumb on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555-111.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree