Gardening joy for pupils

Cllr Glennice Birkin presents a cheque to Serenety Stevenson and Travis Hughes representing Ilkeston Chaucer junior school junior school.
Cllr Glennice Birkin presents a cheque to Serenety Stevenson and Travis Hughes representing Ilkeston Chaucer junior school junior school.
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Pupils can get back to gardening once again after heartless burglars stole hundreds of pounds worth of tools.

Governor at Chaucer Junior School Cllr Glennice Birkin handed over £250 from her council community fund so that pupils could buy back some of the equipment stolen last summer.

“The kids were chuffed to bits when we told them in assembly last week that they were getting the money,” said a teacher at the school.

“Glennice was quite upset for the children and we’re really grateful that she used the money from her fund.”

The burglars stole a wheelbarrow, which had flowers planted in it and hanging baskets and broke into a shed to steal tools, including spades and a trowel, plant pots, and a mini-greenhouse for growing vegetables.

They broke in through the school fence using a crowbar to get to the school garden and trampled flowers planted by the children.

The garden was planted completely by the children with the help of a volunteer.

“The children were really upset about it,” said the teacher.

“It was their garden and they put so much hard work into it.

“It was lucky that none of the vegetables they had planted were disturbed or they would have lost everything they had done.”

No one has been arrested over the break-in but anyone with information should call police on 101.

The £250 is to be used to replace some of the equipment that was stolen.

Some of the money will be used towards a project, which could see the Cranmer Street school entered into the Chelsea Flower Show later this year.

If they are accepted, they will buy tubs so the garden can be transported down to London for the schools’ section of the competition.