Thieves steal flowers from Letchworth roundabout

Grounds maintenance contractor, John O'Conner, are assessing the area. Picture; NHDC

Grounds maintenance contractor, John O'Conner, are assessing the area. Picture; NHDC - Credit: Archant

Thieves targeted the plants from the UK’s first roundabout in Letchworth on Friday and North Herts District Council are now working to have new flowers planted.

Thieves have targeted the Sollershott roundabout for its flowers. Picture: NHDC

Thieves have targeted the Sollershott roundabout for its flowers. Picture: NHDC - Credit: Archant

The shrubs were planted around the Sollershott roundabout just before Christmas by apprentices at John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance Ltd as part of their ongoing training and development.

The grounds maintenance contractor for NHDC, John O’Conner, are currently assessing the area and will start replanting as soon as possible – once replacements have been sourced.

Head of Leisure and Environmental Services at NHDC Vaughan Watson said: “There is no excuse for this kind of selfish behaviour.

“The effects of ruining the flowering beds sadly impacts on attractiveness of the area, as well as having cost implications to council tax payers.


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“This particular scheme was designed and planted by the apprentices at John O’Conner which makes it particularly upsetting.”

It is illegal to take any plant growing in council parks or on council-maintained displays without permission.

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Residents should phone the police on 101 if they witness anything.

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