An allotment once plagued by vandalism was reopened on Friday as a secure wildlife garden for Soham school children.
The allotment at Berrycroft, run by retired Thorn Close resident John Curtis, is now used to teach pupils of The Weatheralls primary school about growing vegetables, flowers and wildlife.
It was repeatedly targeted, with over 40 incidents of vandalism reported to Soham Town Council by 2011, but is now protected by two gates and a six foot fence.
“Over the past several years we had so many problems with thefts and vandalism because the site wasn’t fenced in,” said John Curtis, “so we decided that we had to do something about it.
“It’s rewarding to see positive results coming from the children and I hope that we are sowing the seeds for the next generation of growers and nature lovers.”
Mr Curtis was told to make it a community project by East Cambridgeshire District Council if funding were to be awarded for security and to lay a water supply to the plot.
Work began in April last year and it has a pond, owl, nest and bird boxes, picnic area, raised beds, a wild flower meadow and picnic area.
The president of The National Allotment Society, Karen Kenny, attended the ceremony and cut a ribbon. “I thought it was excellently thought out and an excellent educational resource for the children. Their enthusiasm was wonderful.”
“It has been a real inspiration for us,” said The Weatheralls year 5 tutor Rebecca Layfield. “It’s fabulous for the children.”