Vandals demolished one of Linlithgow’s flowerbeds in what has been called the worst attack on the town’s displays in the last four years.
The destruction of around 60 plants at the Four in One flower bed at St Ninian’s Road took place last Friday night, only days before the town was visited by judges from Beautiful Scotland.
Ron Smith of Burgh Beautiful, who work hard every year on the creation and maintenance of the flowerbeds, said: “This particular bed was originally planted by West Lothian Council to a design and specification provided by Burgh Beautiful volunteers. Given the fact that the council may not have had sufficient spare plants two months after planting and so close to the judging date, we felt it necessary to voluntarily take on a repair job, using plants out of our own displays at our workbase, and shuffling other around so as to minimise the impact of the damage.”
The repair job took volunteers three to four hours, equating to around £90 worth of damage.
Ron added: “The total of £90 may not seem much, but a negative perception of our town by the judges and others could have resulted in thousands of pounds lost to the town’s economy. We also felt that leaving the damage unrepaired over the weekend would invite further destruction. This is the worst vandalism, of which I am aware, to have affected Linlithgow’s floral displays over the past four years.”
The displays have also been targeted by a plant pincher, who stole plants from displays around the town in June.
The vandalism has been reported to police who are examining CCTV images around the time of the incident.