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AXMINSTER:Volunteer angered by vandals who ripped up the council flower displays

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

DISTURBING: Mr Samways indicating where the plants have been ripped up

DISTURBING: Mr Samways indicating where the plants have been ripped up

An Axminster resident and volunteer gardener has slammed vandals who rip up plants on Minster Green. David Samways volunteers for Axminster Town Council by planting the flower beds on Minster Green. He visits Minster Green every Tuesday, but has been disturbed by what he has recently seen. Apart from ripped-up plants, there have also been footprints in the flower beds. During his visit in the morning of Tuesday July 29th, Mr Samways noted that a number of plants had been removed from a flower bed along Church Street. Shortly afterwards, he discovered three plants dumped on a pavement around the corner in West Street. A week later, Mr Samways discovered that 14 plants had disappeared from a flower bed near the bus shelter corner of Minster Green. He said: “You are trying to get it all nice, and they walk over it and rip the plants up. “They have no respect for the town.” He has reported the issues to police and the town council, but said: “You can’t do anything about it unless you are there 24 hours a day.” Mr Samways also had a swipe at the council, saying the flowers beds aren’t watered often enough. He justified his criticism by pointing at a number of dead plants. Pointing at plants still alive, he told Pulman’s View: “It is a lack of water, these aren’t even half the size they should be. “It’s a waste of time.” Town clerk Hilary Kirkcaldie said the plants were watered as often as time allows by another volunteer.


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