8th Dec, 2016

Stolen flower baskets replaced thanks to caring Pershore community

Joshua Godfrey 11th Aug, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A PERSHORE councillor said her faith in human nature has ‘almost been restored’ after donations from generous local residents helped to replace the stolen flower baskets from Pershore Bridge.

As the Observer reported last month, thieves once again stole four hanging baskets worth up to £60 each which led to Coun Val Wood pleading with the thieves to return the flower displays.

It was the second time in just two years the flower arrangements, made up of petunias, geraniums, begonias and lobelias had been stolen.

But, following the councillors public plea and thanks to generous donations from members of the public and Mill Lane Nurseries the stolen baskets have been replaced and the entrance to the town has returned to its former glory.

Speaking to the Observer, Coun Wood said: “My faith in human nature has almost been restored. You may recall that four hanging baskets privately funded, adjacent to Pershore Bridge, were stolen a few weeks ago.

“Since then with the aid of publicity and some generous donors the baskets have been replaced, not forgetting to mention the assistance of the supplier Mill Lane Nurseries who have also donated many of the plants and their time.

“Occasionally I am sure, we must all think ‘why do I bother’ and then caring people from the community come forward and you know it’s all worth while.

Although the flower baskets have been replaced, Coun Wood is still urging town residents to remain vigilant in case the thieves return in the future.

“However, to be on the safe side if anyone sees someone with a ladder anywhere near the baskets please ring the police,” she added.