Children have been left devastated after a greenhouse they built from recycled plastic bottles was wrecked by heartless yobs.
Youth workers at a community centre in Ingol, Preston have vowed to rebuild the Children In Need project which took youngsters aged from five to 13 more than three months to construct.
“We can’t let these mean and mindless vandals win,” said Iain Mackie, the young persons’ services manager at the Intact Centre in Whitby Avenue.
“We don’t want to give up on this and we’ll do all we can to get it rebuilt and to improve security at the centre. We’d like to put in cameras, but they cost a lot of money.”
The bottle greenhouse was put up at the rear of the community centre as an educational resource for the children of Ingol and Tanterton. Youngsters collected hundreds of two litre plastic bottles which were then threaded on to canes to form the walls and roof of the hothouse. Since it was built the children have been growing tomatoes, cucumbers, seedlings and onion sets.
“The children have been having lessons and it has proved an excellent resource to teach them how things grow,” explained Iain.
“They built the greenhouse from scratch and the ones who were involved are all devastated to see it obliterated. They spent a lot of time on this and it is so upsetting.
“We are a community centre in the heart of Ingol where activities are funded by a grant from Children In Need.
“This is an area of high deprivation and the kids come from families on low incomes. So to be able to access these activities like the greenhouse after school and at weekends is great for them. That’s why we are determined to rebuild it.”