Charity to provide replacement trees after vandals wrecked north-east school garden

© DC ThomsonThe garden at Strathburn School in Inverurie was vandalised.
The garden at Strathburn School in Inverurie was vandalised.

A charity has stepped in to help a north-east school after vandals wrecked a garden pupils had planted.

The culprits struck at Strathburn School in Inverurie and damaged a number of trees that were recently planted.

The saplings were damaged on two separate occasions between Thursday and Monday.

The trees had been donated by the Woodland Trust Scotland which was working with the school on a long-term planting project.

Vandals smash up trees planted by pupils at north-east school

Pupils will now have to go back to the drawing board and start again, however, the trust has confirmed it will provide replacement saplings later this year, after a local MSP got in touch with the charity.

Gillian Martin, Aberdeenshire East MSP, said: “It must have been very upsetting for pupils at Strathburn Primary to discover the trees they had planted with the Woodland Trust had been snapped and destroyed by vandals.

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MSP Gillian Martin

“I have been in contact with the Woodland Trust and I am delighted they have already been in touch to say they will replace the trees at the school.

“The trust is anticipating delivery of the new trees in November when the trees are dormant as it’s the best time to plant them. I am pleased the Woodland Trust have been able to rectify this so swiftly.”

Earlier this month, an eco-garden at Hill of Banchory Primary School had been targeted by vandals three times in just two months.

And in January, The Press and Journal revealed in January that damage to schools accounted for 40% of vandalism repair costs for the authority in the past two years.

The total cost of repairs paid by the authority was £67,617, with the damage to schools totalling £26,330.