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Children vandalised our winning flowers
1:30pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
THE chairman of Malvern in Bloom has condemned youngsters who ride bikes across flower beds that helped the town win a gold award just weeks ago.
John Jordan said that the beds at Victoria Park, Malvern Link, are torn up on a regular basis by the young cyclists, with one incident happening just 48 hours before Heart of England in Bloom judges visited.
He said: “The town council’s staff had to make emergency repairs to get them back into shape before the judges came to town.
“This was not a one-off. It happens far too often, and I just wonder what these young people are thinking of.
They are wrecking the hard work of a lot of people, and it really makes me angry.”
Park user Marilyn Harding, who lives in Leigh Sinton, says the vandalism happens virtually on a nightly basis.
She said: “It’s heartbreaking to visit the park and see the flowers all trampled and torn up. The gardeners work so hard to make the beds beautiful and then this happens. It must be costing a lot of money to be constantly replacing the plants.”
In spite of the vandalism, Malvern won the gold award in this year’s Heart of England in Bloom competition, but Mr Jordan fears that unless it is quashed, it may threaten the town’s chances in next year’s Britain in Bloom contest.
He said: “We will be competing against the best towns from all over the country, and how can we hope to win if we have to put up with this sort of thing?
“I just urge parents to make sure their children aren’t taking part in this, and to urge people living near the park to keep an eye out and call police if they see young people riding over the beds.”
He has also contacted Neighbourhood Watch to enlist their aid.
Town clerk Richard Chapman said he was taking steps to deal with the problem.
He said: “The bed that sustains most of the damage is on what they call a ‘desire line’, the path that people want to follow between the gate and the toilets.
We’re going to try moving the bed out of the line and see what difference that makes.”
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