Bloom volunteers upset after damage to beds

PUBLISHED: 12:30 25 November 2016

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Mindless vandals have ruined the town’s selfless hard work - by stealing flowers planted by volunteers.

Thieves have been condemned after damaging flower beds on The Green, Station Road, Budleigh Salterton, stealing primroses planted by Budleigh in Bloom volunteers.

Over the last fortnight, plants have been taken from outside the Public Hall, with similar thefts having occurred over the past three years.

The chairman of Budleigh in Bloom, Bob Wiltshire, said the thieves had ruined the pleasure of keeping the town decorated with flowers.

He said: “The whole of Budleigh in Bloom is upset about it.

“It is very annoying. It just spoils the work we do. The volunteers work so hard to make the town look so nice.

“In a monetary sense, it is not very much, but it is very annoying - the plants are for the enjoyment of visitors and residents.”

He added: “If you are so hard up, please inform us beforehand and we will get in extra stock.”

The gardening group, made up of volunteers, spends £4,500 a year on decorating the town with an array of flowers.

The town’s mayor, Councillor, Chris Kitson, hit out at the thieves.

He said: “I am very disappointed if people are stealing plants. The Budleigh in Bloom team work very hard.

“It is not the right things to do. The plants are there for the community to enjoy.”

Budleigh in Bloom has been in the process of planting seasonal flowers.

Mr Wiltshire said: “We hope that the winter storms do not cause a lot of damage to the plants.”

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