Dismay as plants are stolen

An appeal has been issued following the latest in a series of plant thefts from refurbished parks in Berwick.

Thursday, 18th May 2017, 7:50 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:03 pm
Berwick parks officer Kate Morison in Castle Vale.

There have been on-going problems with plants disappearing from Castle Vale and Coronation Parks since they received a £1million revamp in 2014.

Parks manager Kate Morison said: “This has been a persistent problem since the parks were restored.

Hebe Hulkeana

“Amongst other things, we’ve had rhododendrons and other plants lifted out of the ground and even two water lilies in their baskets taken from the ponds!

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“The latest theft in the past week or so has been a Hebe hulkeana which was recently planted in the rockery by the steps.

“This is a fairly rare plant, not easy to come by and was bought with funds raised by the Friends of Berwick Castle Parks who work so hard to maintain and enhance the parks.

“It’s really disappointing when we are trying to create a park which has plants that are a bit special in horticultural terms, only for them to disappear overnight, presumably to be planted in someone’s garden.”

Hebe Hulkeana

The parks were refurbished thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery, boosted by support from Berwick Town Council and Northumberland County Council, with in-kind volunteer time from individuals and community groups such as Castlegate Area Residents Association.

Both parks contain space to sit or take a picnic, views of Berwick Castle and the Royal Border Bridge, and routes down towards the New Road, the River Tweed.

If anyone has any information about the thefts, contact Northumbria Police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.