Garden gifts help school recover

Pupils and teachers at Blenheim's Mayfield School are smiling again thanks to a generous donation.

During the summer holidays the school was hit by vandals, who cut the irrigation lines to the children's vegetable garden, ripped a water fountain off a wall, kicked in shed doors and cut down fruit trees that were planted by year 6 school leavers at the end of last year.

After seeing an article on the damage in The Express, the committee from Garden Marlborough decided to help.

When Garden Marlborough marketing manager Julia Brown called a Nelson nursery to order new trees for the school, she was chuffed when they offered to supply them for free.

"John Penny from Thirkettle Nurseries [Hope, Nelson] stepped forward and offered to donate the trees when we contacted him to find out about purchasing some," she said.

Mayfield School principal David Nott said the school was grateful for the donation of four nectarine and apricot trees.

He said they had also received gifts from other schools - Linkwater School gave them a tree while Grovetown School gifted a garden voucher bought with money the pupils had raised themselves.

"We now have 13 trees in our orchard and it is looking really good.

"The children can't wait for them to fruit next year," Mr Nott said.

The Marlborough Express