Callous thieves steal plants from community garden

Spot the difference. These photos show a flower bed at HCRA’s community garden before and after thieves struck this week.

Volunteers who planted the flowers were shocked to find the blooms had been uprooted and stolen just days after they had been put in.

The plants had been paid for by two residents and donated to the garden project.

“This was a despicable thing to do and is a kick in the teeth for our volunteers who work so hard to try and make our neighbourhood a nicer place to live,” said HCRA chair Brett Lake-Benson.

The community garden outside the convenience store at the top of Rosslyn Crescent was built by HCRA with support from many local organisations and businesses.

It is maintained by a team of local people who expressed their sadness at the theft.

“We don’t really have a budget for maintaining the garden so these flowers were donated by two residents to fill an empty bed,” said Jo Stephenson, who lives in Rosslyn Crescent and regularly tends the garden.

“It is heart-breaking and dispiriting when things like this happen because it makes people think twice about getting involved in community projects. It makes you wonder why you bother.

“However, we won’t let this setback stop us from trying to brighten up the local area.”

Share your views on local issues at our annual meeting

Residents can find out more about the work of HCRA and share local issues and concerns at our annual general meeting on Wednesday, June 5.

The meeting will take place from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at 19 Woodlands Road. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The meeting will include reports on HCRA activity in the past year and a short neighbours’ forum to discuss issues affecting our three streets – Rosslyn Crescent, Frognal Avenue and Woodlands Road.

We will also decide on our key goals for the forthcoming year and collection subscriptions.

If you can’t attend the meeting in person you can pay your annual subscription of £3 per household via Paypal using the link at the top of this website.

The annual general meeting will be followed by our normal monthly residents’ meeting where issues are discussed in more detail.

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