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Community garden burned down by vandals reopens

11 October, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

A FAMILY garden that was destroyed by arsonists has been reopened.

The volunteers’ building in the Sunnyside Community Garden was burnt down by vandals several years ago, decimating the gate and fence which many parents relied on to keep their children safe inside.

A rescue mission was launched at the beginning of the year after a donation from the Morris Charitable Trust which culminated in a grand reopening on Sunday.

Garden manager Anna Purtch said: “It’s lovely to open the garden with so many children around to enjoy it.”

The garden, which was set up in the 1970s, was also targeted by vandals last month when a Polytunnel was slashed and thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused.

Ms Purtch added: “After everything that has happened lately, the ups and the downs, it was good to have a celebratory day. And the sun was gorgeous as well.”

The garden is free to use.

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