A RIPON nursery twice hit by arsonists over the summer holidays has had its burnt-out gardening equipment replaced by a supermarket in the city.
Happylands nursery, based at Moorside Junior School, saw its greenhouse destroyed by deliberate fires in the last weeks of the school summer holidays.
The greenhouse had been bought with Morrisons ‘Grow Your Own’ vouchers, and hearing of Happyland’s loss the supermarket decided to replace the equipment free of charge.
Richard Thornton, the Ripon store’s deputy general manager, presented pupils with a new greenhouse along with a pack of gardening equipment.
He said: “We were delighted to be able to provide the nursery with a replacement greenhouse and gardening goodie pack.
“We are proud to be part of the community and hope the children enjoy getting outside and using their new gardening equipment.”
The supermarket also donated £50 worth of plants to brighten up the nursery’s garden.
“We have the plants in hanging baskets and tyres and the garden is looking lovely for this time of year,” said Happylands manager Rosemary Burdass.
“It’s been wonderful and we want to thank Morrisons for their kindness.”