Coldstream’s volunteer workforce, who look after the town’s flowers, have seen their efforts destroyed by vandals in two separate incidents this week.
Three planters and two flower beds were either damaged or completely destroyed on Saturday evening, September 28, and on Monday evening, September 30.
The efforts of the town’s Gateway Association ensured that Coldstream won first place in the large village section of this year’s Scottish Borders Council’s Floral Gateway competition, and chairman Will Murray said: “It’s deplorable that the hard work of these people has been destroyed by mindless vandals.”
The three planters outside the post office, the library and Dalgleish’s garage - all on the town’s High Street - were damaged on the Saturday. They have been sorted out and replanted but the Gateway Association had only replaced the summer bedding with a display of autumn plants the day before the vandals struck.
Flowers were pulled out of the flower beds outside the parish church on Monday night, thrown onto the road and destroyed.
“It’s very disheartening,” said Harry Brydon, one of the volunteers.
“We had just put the winter plants in last Friday and we can’t afford to put any more in, so the ones at the church which were thrown onto the road won’t be replaced.
“We spent a lot of money on the three tier planters that were tipped over and damaged - they are about £300 each - and they are full of water and very heavy so it’s taken more than one person to tip them over.”
The police have been informed of both incidents and are making enquiries.