New planters are wrecked days after being installed

One of the vandalised planters
One of the vandalised planters

JUST days after new flower planters were installed at a Wigan park, vandals have destroyed them.

The Friends of Jubilee Park were disappointed to discover that four days after a judging day for the Green Flag award, new three-tier planters filled with geraniums and pansies had been emptied and strewn all over the floor.

Members of the group are now urging anybody to come forward with information about the vandals - who must have struck some time after May 10 when the new planters were erected.

Vice-chairman Don Hodgkinson said: “We had these planters installed on Tuesday, May 10 at Jubilee Park, this was the day the parks were being judged once again for the Green Flag Award.

“Last year was the first time Jubilee Park was awarded Green Flag status and to retain this, there is an annual judging day every year.

“The Friends of Jubilee Park are furious that having worked so hard to improve the amenities for the young people over the last few years, someone does this gross act of vandalism.

“On the Saturday, I went past and noticed that some vandals had completely destroyed one set of the tier planters.

“If anyone can identify the culprits we would appreciate any information to prevent a recurrence of this damage.”

Sylvia Wilkinson, treasurer of the group, has now replanted the flowers in the tall circular planters that were paid for by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust.

Don added: “Even though all the soil and flowers have been cleaned up and replanted, this sort of thing shouldn’t happen and we shouldn’t have to put up with it.

“We are now in the process of replacing the planters, which are more sturdy and have a square base and should be heavier to push over.”

A spokesman for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust said: “Vandalism in our parks should not be tolerated and we encourage people to have pride in our parks and to report everybody they see committing acts of vandalism.”