School woodland project vandalised

Head teacher Ken McGowan surveys the damage caused by vandals to the Magic Woods near Balmedie school.
Head teacher Ken McGowan surveys the damage caused by vandals to the Magic Woods near Balmedie school.

Staff and pupils at Balmedie School have been left angered and upset following an attack by vandals which left a woodland project devatstated.

They wrecked wooden ornaments, set fire to others and pulled apart a leaf tunnel in an area known locally as the Magic Woods.

The incident occurred as the school was celebrating the award of its Green Flag for eco-work.

Head teacher Ken McGowan is furious and has reported the vandalism to police.

He told the Times: “It took weeks of work to get the woodland to the way it was. The kids worked on it, parents worked on it and even folk from Balmedie were involved. “Everyone put in a huge amount of work and for someone to come along and do this - it’s just mindless.”

Mr McGowan believes it was local teenagers who were involved.

Beer bottles and cans were left scattered around the outdoor classroom area in the woods which was then set alight. The vandals also ripped apart a leaf tunnel that had been carefully constructed.

Mr McGowan said: “It’s not just the fact that they’ve been here in the woods, it’s that they have wrecked the place.