School receives boost thanks to WMP donation
West Midlands Police is helping a Black Country primary school to create its own allotment - on the back of the force’s success in tackling drug crime across the region.
The cannabis disposal team has donated soil and pots to enable Edgar Stammers school in Walsall to have its own vegetable and plant plots this year.
It is one of more than 30 community projects to benefit from gardening equipment which has been seized from cannabis factories in just over 12 months.
The team is keen to ensure recovered items such as watering cans, garden canes and pots can be used productively to help others in a world far away from crime rather than go to waste.
This has also led to around five tonnes of soil being handed over to assist community projects since last January.
Those taking advantage of the force’s donations have included schools, community centres and sports clubs.
Edgar Stammers in Harden received the equipment this week and are planning to create a mini allotment to teach pupils where food comes from and decorate the school grounds with its own grown plants.
Mike Hall , the force’s cannabis disposal team manager, said: "We have been making such donations for a number of years now and it is pleasing to see that pupils and staff at Edgar Stammers will benefit from the gardening equipment.
"We try to help as many as we can as it’s a win-win situation; creating something good from bad.
"We’re not only immediately keeping our communities safe through tackling drug crime but helping our communities by supporting their own longer-term projects.
"We cleared more than 300 cannabis farms in the last 12 months and just shows the hard work being done by police to keep drugs off the streets."
Head of Edgar Stammers, Rebecca Woodall, said, "We are very grateful for the donation as our pupils want to develop our grounds and try to grow their own flowers and vegetables. We have already planted some donated saplings, as we would like to eventually become a forest school.
"In today’s financial climate, even doing simple things costs us money that we do not have, so these donations make a huge difference.
"If anyone else out there would be able to donate us any gardening equipment, plants/seeds or felled logs, this too would help us out immensely.
"Our pupils gain so much from being outdoors and we want to give them a school to be proud of and to nurture."