DAMAGE has been caused to some of the stunning floral arrangements which form part of Wisbech’s entry to the prestigious national In Bloom competition.
Just days before the judges are due on July 17, vandals managed to remove two fixed baskets from the geranium arch in St Peter’s church gardens and steal some of the canna plants from flower beds in The Crescent.
The geranium arch, loaned to Wisbech in Bloom by Wisbech St Mary plant firm Delamores, was vandalised on the evening of June 29.
Ray Wicks, a member of the In Bloom committee said the baskets had been cut off but the damage has since been made good.
In The Crescent, a resident spotted people sitting on a bench near the war memorial then someone on a bike made off with the cannas which had been pulled out of flower beds planted by Fenland Council.
“Everyone puts a lot of work into it and it is sad that people think they can steal plants,” said Mr Wicks, pointing out some of the plants are donated.
“It is a bit demoralising when people can’t leave other people’s things along,” said Mr Wicks.
These sentiments were also echoed by a spokesperson for Fenland District Council.
Anglia In Bloom judges Nolan Mills and Brian Gardner will be judging the town in the regional section of the RHS Britain in Bloom competition.
They will be looking for floral impact, horticultural achievement, environmental practices and community and business input. They are due to set off from Elgood’s Brewery stopping at Wisbech General Cemetery, the Boathouse, the Park, St Peter’s Primary School, Tillery Field, Alexandra Road wildlife garden, Octavia View, Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, the Crescent and Market Place and Peckover House.
Each entrant has to provide a portfolio for the judges showing year round activity and floral displays and information about areas that there is not time to visit.
Brian Massingham, chairman of Wisbech In Bloom said: “We have worked harder than ever this year, in particular setting up our own poly tunnels and rain water harvesting system to contend with the hose pipe ban.
“We hope to achieve our fifth consecutive Gold Award in 2012.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us this year especially our main sponsors, Delamores Young Plants, Smith’s Farm Shop, Wisbech Town Council and also Fenland District Council for keeping Wisbech parks and gardens to a high standard.”