Flowers vandalised

One of the flower boxes along Freedom Bridge that were damaged by vandals.
One of the flower boxes along Freedom Bridge that were damaged by vandals.
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VOLUNTEERS of the Wisbech in Bloom committee have hit out at the “thoughtless vandals” who have caused over £100 worth of damage to plants in containers along one side of the town’s Freedom Bridge.

On Friday evening vandals destroyed plants which had been donated to Wisbech in Bloom by Wisbech St Mary nursery Delamore’s as part of the town’s annual in bloom display.

The plants had been planted and maintained by volunteers who give up many hours of their own time to make the town look nice as part of the national competition.

Brian Massingham, chairman of the committee, said: “The flowers are meant to give pleasure to everyone and be a welcoming and colourful entry to the town.

“It is devastating that one or two thoughtless people can do so much damage.”

Volunteers plan to re-plant the containers with plants donated by B and Q and plants from Longacres Garden Centre at Wisbech St Mary.

This is the second time within a few weeks that vandals have damaged the town’s floral displays.

At the end of June, and just days before the Anglia in Bloom judges were due in Wisbech, vandals removed two fixed baskets from the geranium arch in St Peter’s church gardens. The arch had been loaned to Wisbech in Bloom by Delamore’s.

They also stole some of the canna plants from flower beds in The Crescent.