School’s back in the grow.
Saturday 2nd August 2014 15:00 Dukinfield News Posted by Anna Fletcher

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Morrisons has stepped in to replace hundreds of pieces of outdoor equipment at St John’s Primary School after thieves broke in stealing and vandalising the garden area.

For  two years St John’s Primary School took part in Morrisons ‘Let’s Grow’ programme with staff, parents and children working hard to collect vouchers that they then exchanged for hundreds of items for their garden.

Unfortunately, earlier this year, the school allotment was broken into and vandalised with much of the equipment stolen.

Jeanette Binmore of St John’s
Primary School contacted Morrisons to ask if there was anything they could do.

Jeanette said: “We were absolutely devastated when we discovered the damage to the allotment and really upset to think that the children had lost out through no fault of their own.

“We told Morrisons what had happened and we were delighted when they immediately offered to replace everything that was broken and stolen with brand new equipment.

“We can’t thank them enough and the children are really excited to get their allotment back up and running.”

The Morrisons Let’s Grow programme, now in its sixth year, aims to help schools capture the imagination of the nation’s children by showing them where food comes from and inspiring them to grow their own fruit and vegetables in their school grounds.

David Hewitt, Communities Manager for Morrisons said: “After the children, parents and staff at St John’s Primary School worked so hard to collect their vouchers we felt it was only fair that they didn’t lose out.

“I hope the children will get a great experience out of their new equipment and enjoy the chance to learn more about where their food comes from.”

More on this story in this week’s Tameside Reporter out now.