A DECADE of brightening up a Solihull village with beautiful blooms has been soured by a spate of vandalism.
The dedicated band of women who run Hockley Heath Garden Club should be celebrating 10 years of planting flowers in and around the locality but instead are appealing for help in identifying the yobs who have wrecked their efforts.
Sandie Bates, the club’s secretary is appalled at the damage. “We have an assortment of about 50 planters, tubs and hanging baskets that we plant up every summer – including 200 red geraniums along a long stretch of the Stratford Road.
“Over the years we have won many prizes for our community efforts including the prestigious Rugby Cement Prize where Hockley Heath will forever be engraved on the silver bowl that was presented and held for a year.
“However, we have been vandalised again by mindless thugs who enter the village and cause havoc by pulling out all the plants from our containers and throwing them into the road. They obviously think it’s fun, but for us it is very disheartening when we have worked so hard to make our village brighter.”
The green-fingered ladies raise more than £1,200 each year to keep Hockley Heath looking smart and also enter the prestigious Britain in Bloom event which has seen the club take silver in the large village category.
Sandi added: “We would ask for supporters or donations but now we ask help us to identify these vandals.”