Martin Shepley, one of the gardeners preparing to open his beautiful, extensive garden to the public, to raise funds for The Friends of St Mary’s Church, was shocked to discover it had been vandalised.
On Friday, June 16th, Martin told the Ross Gazette that he had discovered the damage to his garden in The avenue, Ross-on-Wye, early that morning. He said a guest staying with them had been looking out of the window at about 1am and everything was as normal then. He said the damage probably happened between 4am and 5am.
A rose arch had been completely smashed and a bird table had been carried and thrown into a beech hedge. He said the vandals had pulled out the biggest plants they could find, and it was probably not anyone very young as it would have taken a lot of strength.
Other damage was done to several architectural plants, a wooden obelisk with clematis and roses and a bird bath. Potted plants were also taken from the cold frame.
A lime tree growing in The Avenue had also been snapped off.
Mr Shepley has reported the damage to the police and wants to warn other gardeners so they may be able to increase their security, especially those planning to open their gardens for St Mary’s.
He added "Despite the attack, we are quite confident that we will be ready for the Open Garden Event, with no trace of damage by June 24th."
For more information about the Open Garden event see this week’s Ross Gazette