Community conservation group 'devastated' by theft of vital trailer
The director of a conservation group which transforms communities and improves lives has been left 'devastated' following the theft of a vital trailer.
Jo Metcalfe, founder/director of Greener Growth, said the trailer was taken from the driveway of her Hartest home at about 6.30am this morning (February 7).
It was used to transport manure, top soil and wood chip for the community interest company's education, conservation and therapeutic horticulture projects in prisons, schools and neighbourhoods.
Ms Metcalfe said: "Setting up an organisation that is not for profit isn't easy, it takes a lot of time, energy and resource and to have this nicked when there's no way we can afford to replace it is utterly devastating.
"It was incredibly useful. We've got so many jobs over the next six to eight weeks, I don't know what we're going to do.
"It's our busiest time of the year because we put in so many heritage fruit trees and willow."
The 1,300kg Wessex trailer was worth about £1,500 but has far greater 'symbolic' value for Ms Metcalfe, who purchased it in 2013 as she was launching Greener Growth using money from the first grant she received.
At the time, the funding was a 'massive relief and a big deal' for Ms Metcalfe who feared she might have to stop Greener Growth's work due to financial costs.
She said: "The trailer was a real symbol of triumph over adversity and to keep trying.
"It feels very demoralising but it isn't going to stop me trying hard because I'm really passionate about what we are doing.
"I like to think in a Christian way about people who steal but I can't imagine their need was greater than ours for this because we really do use it such a lot."
Greener Growth has nine projects in the Bury St Edmunds area and 49 in and around East Anglia.
Anyone with information should contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 61 of January 7.
If you can support Greener Growth, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- A Go Fund Me page has been launched to help replace the trailer. To donate, click here.
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