After it was damaged by fire last weekend, local Youth Council spokesperson Kenneth Watt has called for urgent action being taken to restore the sensory garden at Hazlewood School in Aberdeen – a facility which one of his close family attends weekly.
“I have a very close family member who attends a Saturday club run by VSA at Hazlewood every weekend for disabled kids. This facility isn’t just a school, it is a lifeline to the most vulnerable children in our society.
“I am urging local politicians to do all in their ability to restore this garden which is close to the hearts of so many disabled children and their families.
“I am deeply saddened by this and am shocked that anyone would have the effrontery to commit such a crime.
“I know that the community as a whole shares my utter disgust at whoever did this. As reported recently, Aberdeen is home to some of the richest businessmen in the UK. The time is now for all to step in and give and do whatever they can to save this garden and stand up to this detestable, odious individual.
“Whoever did this needs to imagine being one of the pupils, overcoming immense challenges and unable to do some of the tasks many take for granted, turning up to school in the morning – one of few environments that they consider safe – to find that someone wanted and succeeded in destroying it.
“Just imagine how they would feel!
“My thoughts go to all at Hazlewood and I hope that we can have their garden restored as soon as possible.”