Dismay following another theft from community garden

Volunteers at Middle Greens Community Garden in Morpeth have suffered more disappointment after some plants were stolen from the area.

Tuesday, 18th June 2019, 12:36 pm
Updated Friday, 21st June 2019, 10:48 am
The now empty spot where lupins had been planted.

The theft of the two small lupins earlier this month follows earlier thefts of alpines and rocks from the retaining wall around the garden.

In 2015, Northumberland County Council donated a piece of land by the side of Stobs Ford Bridge to Middle Greens residents to create a welcoming garden.

A Middle Greens Community Garden spokeswoman said: “This land has been transformed into a thing of beauty, giving pleasure to all those crossing the bridge each day.

The spokeswoman also said the theft was particularly sad because the large lupin, pictured, is doing so well this year.

“So it is particularly disheartening when, yet again, plants have been stolen from the garden.

“Volunteers work tirelessly to plant and weed, and many people enjoy seeing the garden.

“To whoever is the thief, let’s hope that guilt will persuade you to return and plant something else in this empty place.”

The lupins had only been in the ground for about a week.

The Middle Greens Community Association was established in 2015 and it started off by bringing together residents of all ages for a litter clear-up and picnic.

It received support from the LOVE Northumberland HATE Litter campaign, which was part of the county council’s drive to clean up the county, and it provided the group with litter pickers and hi-viz vests.

The council also collected and disposed of the litter and rubbish that was collected.

The association has worked since then to make the area even cleaner and a more attractive place to visit, and a group of volunteers has carried out regular litter picks.

For example, the Herald reported on an activity in support of the Great British Spring Clean initiative.

Participants started working from The Green in Alexandra Road and picked up rubbish from the roads and footpaths.

More than ten bin bags were filled in one hour.