Charities step in after garden vandalised

By Matthew Mckew

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 

Charities step in after garden vandalised

A vandalised flower bed at Coronation Gardens, Ryde. Picture courtesy of the Isle of Wight Council.

COMMUNITY spirit has shone through, after two charities stepped in to replace flowers at a vandalised garden.

Yesterday (Tuesday) the Isle of Wight Council released an image on Facebook of the ruined flower beds, at Coronation Gardens, Ryde.

A statement said over 300 flowers had been damaged and they would not be replaced because of the cost.

But, two Isle of Wight charities for people with learning disabilities came forward with offers of help.

The Phoenix Centre in Ryde, a day service for adults with learning disabilities, has donated plants, while Haylands Farm is set to replant the flower bed.

Volunteers from Haylands Farm, which provides care and therapy for those with learning disabilities, will plant geraniums and busy lizzies.

Nichola Cook, the manager, said: "I think it is a shame that people can do that to an area where people go to sit.

"I went down there and saw an old chap sitting there, he said a lot of people who use the Adelaide Resource Centre spend time there."

Nichola said she thought it was a good project to get involved with and said it gave the charity a chance to give back to the community.

The Adelaide Resource Centre on Adelaide Place is a care home for the elderly and those with dementia.

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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