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Huge response to Copythorne Infant School's plea to replace greenhouse destroyed in Storm Eunice



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A NEW Forest school which appealed for help replacing a greenhouse which was smashed to bits during Storm Eunice has been “overwhelmed” by the huge response.

The greenhouse was picked up by gale force winds and thrown over the roof of Copythorne CE Infant School, in Romsey Road, crashing down just outside the Year 1 classroom.

The greenhouse was destroyed during Storm Eunice
The greenhouse was destroyed during Storm Eunice

A spokesperson for the 90-pupil school said the children were very upset by the loss of the facility, which they use to sow seeds and grow plants donated by members of Totton allotments.

But after an appeal on social media for help, the school not only had a greenhouse donated but also received a growing frame, planters and even a watering can.

New greenhouse filled with seedlings
New greenhouse filled with seedlings

Since the new equipment arrived, the children have been busy planting seeds and potting up plants to put in the greenhouse.

Pupils have been planting seeds for the new gardening equipment
Pupils have been planting seeds for the new gardening equipment

The school spokesperson said: “As a very small school we simply did not have the money to replace the greenhouse. Our appeal on Facebook was shared and viewed over 3,000 times.

"It was lovely for the local community to join together to help us, and the children are delighted to be outside, growing, learning about food and where it comes from. Our cook has offered to cook some of the finished fruit and vegetables for them.”



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