Vandals put paid to Bishopbriggs pupils green ambitions

Photograph Jamie Forbes 14.1.13.  BISHOPBRIGGS. New planted trees stolen from St Matthew's PS. ECO Committee, P7s P7 Class teacher Aileen Darley and ECO co-ordinator and P5 teacher Lousie Louder pictured.
Photograph Jamie Forbes 14.1.13. BISHOPBRIGGS. New planted trees stolen from St Matthew's PS. ECO Committee, P7s P7 Class teacher Aileen Darley and ECO co-ordinator and P5 teacher Lousie Louder pictured.

DISTRAUGHT pupils have had their dreams of creating a wildlife haven destroyed by vandals.

The eco-committee at St Matthew’s Primary proudly planted around 30 saplings in their school grounds on Friday, January 11.

But the children were shocked to find their good work had been ruined when they returned to classes last Monday morning.

Thugs had uprooted, stolen or trashed the majority of the young trees at some point over the weekend.

P7 pupil Oran McBride, who is vice-chairperson of the Bishopbriggs school’s Eco Committee, said: “Last week we were really excited to be planting trees to make a woodland area in our school grounds.

“The trees were donated by Sainsbury’s and The Woodland Trust. We are working towards renewing our Green Flag Status and have lots of great ideas to improve our playground.

“We came in on Monday morning and our trees had been pulled out of the ground by vandals.

“All our hard work has gone to waste.

“We planted over 25 trees and we have only eight left in the ground.

“We are really disappointed and upset about this and if anyone has any information regarding this act of vandalism could they please come forward.”

If you know anything about the attack contact Kirkintilloch Police on 0141 532 4400.

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