Volunteers devastated as community garden destroyed for second time

Local police are investigating after the community garden created by HCRA was destroyed for a second time.

The garden outside the convenience store at the corner of Rosslyn Crescent and Station Road was built in 2015 after neighbours raised nearly £4,000 to transform a patch of wasteland.

The garden was funded by donations from many local people and organisations including Harrow Council, Harrow Central Mosque and Harrow in LEAF.

When HCRA members, who have continued to maintain the garden, visited the site yesterday they were shocked to discover most of the plants had been chopped to the ground.

This is the second time the garden has been vandalised. In April 2018 many of the plants were hacked to the ground by the shop owner at the time.

The shop – now called Stop and Shop – has since changed hands and HCRA volunteers have been working with the new management on plans to improve the garden and refresh the planting.

However, these plans are now on hold while shocked residents try to work out how best to salvage what is left of the garden.

The incident has been reported to the Metropolitan Police who are taking it seriously and have said they plan to review CCTV footage in a bid to identify the culprits.

Jo Stephenson, who chairs the HCRA gardening group, said she was devastated when she saw the state of the garden.

“So many people have worked for so many hours on this garden so it is incredibly upsetting to see it in such a mess,” she said.

“Many of the plants have been totally destroyed or dug up. I just don’t understand why someone would do this. We will do our best to renew and replant the garden but we’re talking £100s of pounds of damage. We are a small voluntary organisation and just don’t have that kind of money.”

2 thoughts on “Volunteers devastated as community garden destroyed for second time

  1. So sorry to hear this has happened yet again. Such senseless vandalism! Anyway you can set up a justgiving page so people can donate to help repair the damage? We can’t let the vandals win. Thank you for all your efforts.

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