Sidmouth Garden Centre donation gets Tipton Primary School kids smiling

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:21 17 June 2010

A GENEROUS donation from Sidmouth Garden Centre put a smile on the faces of Tipton St John Primary School children last week.

A GENEROUS donation from Sidmouth Garden Centre put a smile on the faces of Tipton St John Primary School children last week.

The popular business delighted kids and teachers who had seen plants, pots and flowers, which they had planted and cared for, ruined when the school was badly hit by flooding in October.

Ian Barlow, owner of Sidmouth Garden Centre, was only too happy to lend a hand and provide replacements free of charge. He said: "The school rang us up and said they had lost what the children had planted there over the years, which wasn't covered by insurance. They were looking for a discount but we felt we could do better than that."

"We sent Debbie (Budge- pictured) down there to help them get everything planted."

"Its important do a lot for the schools in the area- what happenned there in October was exceptional."

Penny Burnside, Headteacher at the school, said: "We are grateful to Sidmouth Garden Centre for their generous donation. We've been very touched by the support of the local community following the floods. We moved back into our buildings two weeks ago and the school is looking great.


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