Mindless vandals damage community garden’s plants, flowers and trees – but brave Hitchin group vows they won’t be beaten

Happy volunters at the Triangle Garden yesterday - before the vandalism took place.

Happy volunters at the Triangle Garden yesterday - before the vandalism took place. - Credit: Archant

A community garden in Hitchin’s volunteer session spoilt by vandalism – as its disappointed green-fingered supporters urge people to show more care and respect for our local environment.

Mindless vandalism at Triangle Garden as a pear tree is broken

Mindless vandalism at Triangle Garden as a pear tree is broken - Credit: Archant

Members of the Triangle Garden in Ransom’s Recreation Ground were horrified to discover flowers and plants, and a pear tree had been vandalised this morning – only hours after the group hosted its best attended open mornings.

The site – which passionate gardeners spend hours lovingly tending for our community – had volunteers of all ages helping with the planting yesterday.

Project manager Liz McElroy said: “The morning left everyone involved with a good feeling of having worked together towards something positive.

“Imagine how we all felt this morning when I discovered the garden had been vandalised – with plants pulled up, trees snapped off and sweet wrappers strewn around.


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“It is so dispiriting to see the love and care that goes into the garden, ruined like this without a thought.”

The Triangle Garden has never been locked or fenced – it’s open to everyone and always will be say Liz – but the community group is appealing to all who use the garden and the Rec to please respect them – and the environment in general.

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Liz added: “It makes a huge difference not only to us and our volunteers, but to all the children for whom the garden is a magical place.”

The garden has hosted countless community events which give people a chance to enjoy nature and the great outdoors, as well as the satisfaction of being part of something good as a group.

They also help coordinates autumn apple pressing so people in Hitchin and North Herts can enjoy the chance to enjoy organic apple juice.

The garden’s Vicky Wyer added: “They destroyed pale blue Forget-Me-Nots, snapped branches, broke an artichoke.

“I feel miserable today after such a lovely day yesterday. It’s really dispiriting – but we won’t let it beat us.”

If you would like to learn more about this wonderful community project visit www.trianglegarden.org.

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