An award winning community garden scheme, which was severely damaged from an arson attack last month, has been inundated with offers of help from the local community.
A Place to Grow, in Mill Lane, Enderby, was set alight by vandals and left two large sheds completely gutted, water butts and a metal container that held a large amount of garden tools including lawnmowers, strimmers spades and forks.
The garden, which is a joint venture between Blaby District Council and Community Action Partnership, is used by a wide range of groups across the district including people with mental health problems and learning difficulties, physical disabilities and school children.
Abdul Asghar, Community Action Partnership Project Leader, said:
“Lots of people are offering us tools, sheds, spades and cash donations. The Freemasons have given us £500 and Caterpillar, in Desford, has donated £1,000 as well as help clearing the site.”
Freemason David Turner, who arranged the £500 donation, has also organised a new secure metal container for the site.
“I thought it was absolutely despicable that something like this could happen. I couldn’t believe anyone could do something like this to a place that does so much for people in need of help.”
David Nixon, human resources manager at Caterpillar, said:
“We, like everyone else in the area, were very disappointed to hear of the recent damage sustained at A Place to Grow as it provides valuable support to many in the community. We are delighted to be able to help by providing labour to help clear the area and prepare it for the forthcoming year.”
Extra police patrols and more security are also planned for the site following a meeting hosted by the police to discuss what to do to prevent further attacks.
Police believe the vandals climbed over a small fence from the adjacent golf club into the allotments and then into the garden.
Leicestershire County Council has agreed to provide secure fencing to the side of the site where it is believed the arsonists entered.
County Councillor Jackie Dickinson, and Policy, Partnerships and Health Improvement portfolio holder at Blaby District Council, said:
“Not only are we looking to install more security fencing, we are working with other groups to improve security on site.”
For more information on A Place to Grow or how to get involved in the project contact Community Action Blaby District on 0116 272 7669