School counting cost of vandalism to greenhouse

Liam McCree and Ellie Hodson in the newly repaired greenhouse at St Gregory's Catholic Primary School, Chorley
Liam McCree and Ellie Hodson in the newly repaired greenhouse at St Gregory's Catholic Primary School, Chorley

Heartbroken pupils are clearing up the mess caused by yobs who destroyed their environmental project.

A group of around six youths targeted St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, on Eaves Green Road, Chorley, between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Monday last week.

An eco greenhouse, which pupils had built using empty plastic bottles, was kicked down.

And the group pulled out winter vegetables which had been planted in large tyres filled with soil.

The greenhouse was completed and the vegetables planted just two weeks ago in an environmental project by pupils from years five and six.

They had spent months collecting the plastic bottles, designing the greenhouse and building it.

Headteacher Ros Wroblewski said: “I think it’s bored teenagers.

“It is completely mindless vandalism.”

Pupils, their parents and staff at the school are all devastated by the damage that has been caused.

Mrs Wroblewski said: “They haven’t stolen anything valuable, but it’s more upsetting because they have damaged something the children have created and are passionate about.

“The children are understandably quite upset.

“One pupil was tearful when she looked outside and saw what had happened.

“When they arrived at school, they were greeted with the damage.

“The parents also expressed shock and dismay.”

It is understood that a woman living nearby saw what was happening and shouted at the group , causing them to flee.

She called the police, who have confirmed they are investigating the damage.

However, no arrests have yet been made.

Mrs Wroblewski added: “I’m really grateful to the resident who called the police.”

The school is determined to rebuild the eco greenhouse and replant the winter


Offers of help have flooded into the school from people wishing to help restore the environmental project.

They have come from members of the school community, including the parent-teacher association, and from local high schools.

Mrs Wroblewski said: “We are going to rebuild as soon as possible. We don’t want it to spoil what the children have worked to achieve.

“We want to send a clear message that the children deserve to have lovely things like this.

“They have the right to be able to make things like this and not have them ruined.”

Mrs Wroblewski is also calling on people living near the school for help to prevent further incidents.

She said: “We are asking neighbours and residents around school to be vigilant and call police if they see anyone on the school grounds.”

Anyone with information about the damage is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.