Green fingered pupils have been given a boost by Unwins Seeds, as they look set to re-launch their gardening club, Little Green Fingers, following an arson attack last year.
The youngsters at Yaxley Infant School were left devastated after two fires on the same night in November 2012 totally destroyed their carefully cultivated allotment, comprising of a polytunnel and a vast array of equipment such as water butts and wheelbarrows.
After the site went up in smoke, teachers at the school appealed to local businesses to help rebuild the allotment, which was used as a way for the pupils to get closer to nature and learn more about how food is grown.
Now, just a year later, the allotment is set to reopen thanks to local firms such as Westland Horticulture, the owner of the Unwins Seeds brand, based a short distance away in Alconbury.
Westland Horticulture, donated a range of seeds to help re-engage the youngsters’ passion for gardening and eating delicious home grown food.
Alex Ashcroft, Teaching Assistant and Gardening Club Teacher at Yaxley Infants School, said: “We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Unwins Seeds for providing us with seeds to help the children and I start the process of re-building our gardening club. We are looking forward to the new season where we can see everything begin to grow again.”
Louise Billingham, Brand Manager for Unwins Seeds at Westland Horticulture, said: “We spotted their plight in the local newspaper and wanted to be able to help in some way.
“By donating a range of seeds we will be able to ensure that these children can carry on enjoying the pleasures of gardening and eating home grown produce for many years to come.”