Crime scene compost donated to Shrewsbury school
The idea came from West Mercia Police crime scene forensic investigator Annabel Hodgson, whose son Ollie attends Woodfield Infants School in Copthorne.
Annabel, who assisted with investigations after around 2,000 cannabis plants were discovered in an industrial unit off Featherbed Lane on Tuesday, thought the compost and other items including seed propagators and plant pots would come in handy for the school.
More than 100 bags of top quality, unopened bags of compost were found at the premises.
She said: “I immediately thought of my son Ollie’s school, Woodfield Infants, who are in the process of creating a secret garden for the children to use as an outdoors classroom when they return from their summer break.
“I contacted the headteacher Mrs Geraldine Dunkerley who was thrilled with the 12 bags and other items we were able to supply. She said it couldn’t have come at a better time for the school and knew the children would thoroughly enjoy using it when they start to grow vegetables in September.”
The police felt it was a shame to destroy the perfectly useable compost and approval for its distribution was given by Detective Chief Inspector Alan Edwards, the senior investigating officer. A large number of bags have also been donated to Derwen College, near Oswestry, which helps disabled young people.