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Children 'very, very disappointed' after 50 donated trees stolen from primary school

Dozens of newly-planted trees have been stolen from the grounds of a primary school repeatedly hit by vandals and thieves.

About 50 saplings were taken from Castleton Primary School in Rochdale.

They'd be donated by a charity to help the school create a mini-forest.

Staff said the theft was "very strange".

Castleton Primary School in Rochdale says the children were very disappointed. Credit: MEN Media

Staff say that sadly, children are used to thieves targeting the school.

50 trees have just magically disappeared. It’s very strange. Because so many trees have gone from a perfect section the only thing we can put it down to is theft.

The children are very, very disappointed, but sadly this is a fairly frequent occurrence for us.

– Kath Day, teaching assistant
The stolen trees were among 250 young willow and hawthorn trees donated by a charity to create a ‘forest school’ on the school fields. Credit: MEN Media

The charity City of Trees has replaced the stolen saplings.

Parents now want to raise £3000 to put up a fence around the growing forest.