Flower pot vandalism ‘is deeply upsetting’

LOVINGLY tended plants were vandalised again at Pleinmont at the weekend with three containers completely destroyed.

One pot was vandalised after the Rocquaine Regatta two weeks ago, which was salvaged by a kind gentleman.

Floral Torteval’s Pat Wisher has devoted countless hours to create a beautiful communal space.

Torteval constable Becky Link said: ‘We have reported the matter to the police who are investigating. We are incredibly upset – especially for Pat Wisher, who walks down to water them every day.

‘It is both soul destroying and deeply upsetting when acts of mindless vandalism take place.’

Mrs Wisher said: ‘It’s very sad isn’t it. I maintain that the social centre of Torteval is by the Imperial Hotel. At Floral Torteval’s inaugural meeting I said I was really keen to brighten the place up, and got planning permission to install 11 pots.’

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She last saw the missing pots on Saturday afternoon.

‘It takes a lot to look after them. I go first thing in the morning to water and deadhead them. It is a great commitment, so it is disappointing.’

After a rainy weekend Mrs Wisher saw they were gone on Tuesday.

Information was gathered after a social media plea.

‘Somebody found the empty containers once the tide went down and put them up the steps. They were likely collected by Guernsey Waste.

Torteval constable Becky Link at the Pleinmont bus stop. (28721702)

‘Some youngsters had a party up the road on Saturday night too, who may have caught the night bus and thrown the containers over the wall.’

Despite her disappointment, Mrs Wisher didn’t want to make a fuss over it.

‘All I know is speculation, but they are heavy pots so you have to be strong to lift them. Now I have an idea of what happened I feel it has been resolved.’

Friends offered to cover costs to replace the pots.

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‘Floral Torteval has a budget so we should be able to replace them.’

Cordylines have been stolen from the pots before, which are often sat on or littered in on weekends.

‘I just have to hope people won’t do it again, and am amazed at the support I received.’

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