Community steps in for school hit by vandalism

Outraged Marlborough people have come to the aid of a primary school after it was again hit by vandals.

On January 17, vandals cut the irrigation lines to the children's garden, ripped a water fountain off a wall, kicked in shed doors and cut down fruit trees planted by year 6 leavers last year.

Principal David Nott said on Friday he had received six offers from people in the Blenheim community to replace and replant the trees.

"We've had some very kind offers," he said. "[From] people within the school community, but a few from outside as well."

He said he had accepted an offer from Garden Marlborough committee chairman Jeremy Jones to replace the three fruit trees that were chopped down to ground level.

He planned on planting the new trees when the new school year started.

"We want to get the kids involved," he said.

"We don't want to fix it before they come back - we want the kids to see what's happened and for them to realise a lot of people in the community care about our school."

Last year's year 6 pupils had planted 10 fruit trees in December as part of their long-term plan for their edible garden, an outdoor classroom and an orchard.

Three trees, including an apricot tree and a nectarine tree, were cut at the base with what appeared to be secateurs.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to phone the Blenheim police station on 03 578 5279.

Information can also be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Marlborough Express