Teen repairs eco greenhouse

Owen Branford and the vandalised eco-greenhouse at Our lady of Lourdes School Carnforth which he is repairing.
Owen Branford and the vandalised eco-greenhouse at Our lady of Lourdes School Carnforth which he is repairing.

A teenager has helped restore the faith of Carnforth residents after repairing a school greenhouse after it was smashed up by vandals.

Lancaster Royal Grammar School pupil Owen Branford spent a day of his school holidays mending the eco greenhouse at Our lady of Lourdes RC Primary School in Kellet Road, Carnforth.

The greenhouse, made out of timber, bamboo canes and plastic bottles, was destroyed by thugs last month, ruining the hard work of pupils and local residents who had collected bottles to make the structure.

It had cost £400 in materials and was unveiled during the Queen’s jubilee celebrations in June.

Sixteen-year-old Owen offered to fix the greenhouse after hearing about the vandalism.

Owen, who is a corporal in Carnforth Air Training Corps and also an altar server at Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church, attended the primary school for a short time when he was 11, and his 11-year-old brother Francis left the school last month.

“I had gone to collect my little brother from school and was told about what had happened to the greenhouse and I said I would fix it,” said Owen, who lives in Bridgeside.

“I went back the next day, and was there from 10am until about 3.30pm repairing it.

“I had finished all my exams and didn’t have much going on so I thought I would help them out.

“Most of the bottles had been left laying around so I put them back on and nailed it all together.”