Green-fingered volunteers were disgusted after their community garden was vandalised and a used condom left under a bench.
David Rosie, 72, and his fellow team in Friends of Leighton-Linslade in Bloom, were left upset after their Pages Park community garden was ruined between the evening of Sunday February 26 and Monday, February 27.
That Monday, the determined team tidied up the mess, after noticeboards and concrete bases had been ripped from the ground, and a two metre maple sapling broken in half, its supporting stakes thrown into the middle of the flower beds.
David said: “I don’t know why people do this. I don’t have their mentality.
“The maple sapling was just coming into bud and the final insult was the condom, as we had to clean it up.
“How much longer does the town have to stand by, whilst these vandals destroy the hard work of a few dedicated volunteers and spoil the enjoyment of many folk who visit this garden?”
The group were given the circa 20 metre by 15 metre plot around three years ago by the town council, and the garden has already seen two incidents of vandalism.
One occurred after a public park event two years ago and stakes and plants were rippedout, while shortly afterwards “motobikes or bikes” churned up the garden path gravel.
But the team won’t be kept down, proud of their work.
David added: “I’ve joined the Street Watch team and we’ve been patrolling round Church Square and Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre amongst other places. We’ve had a good reception. I also tell people to pick up litter if I see them drop it on the floor.
“Friends of Leighton-Linslade in Bloom are soon going to divide the community garden plants. We’ll sell half at a stall in Leighton Buzzard market - there will be one in May and one in June - and we will use the others for floral displays in the town.”