Vandals strike at £20k Jubilee garden in Lincolnshire days after opening
A QUEEN'S Diamond Jubilee Garden created as part of a controversial £20,000 village project has been vandalised.
Parish councillors and other residents in Misterton are outraged by the senseless night time attack on the newly-opened site.
Plants were ripped up at the Station Street garden – just days after it was opened by the parish council as part of the jubilee celebrations.
A concerned Station Street resident reported the matter to Misterton Parish Council chairman Barry Cooper who then immediately informed the police.
"The parish council had worked so hard over the last few weeks in helping to create this wonderful garden in commemoration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee," said one resident.
"We now have some mindless individuals who have tried to destroy it in a matter of minutes."
Other locals visiting the nearby Co-op store were equally shocked and appalled at the devastation they had left behind.
Plans unveiled for the project were criticised back in March when it was revealed that the council had set aside £20,000 from public funds to pay for the scheme.
But council vice-chairman Alan Stead revealed that the damage to the garden had already been repaired.
"We are very grateful for the many offers of help we have received from members of the community since the vandalism was reported," he said.
"And we are particularly indebted to former councillor Maurice Simmons for replanting the shrubs in what can only be described as an extremely public-spirited gesture."
The parish council is now looking forward to some minor finishing touches being completed, particularly the natural screening at the back of garden.
Notts Police confirmed it had received reports of the vandalism.
Witnesses or anyone with information about the vandalism attack can call the force on 101.