Plans for the Memorial Gardens have had to be changed after much of the new vegetable garden was damaged.
With Britain In Bloom judging approaching it comes as a setback that the Memorial Gardens new community vegetable spot has been damaged by vandalism. The area was initially hoped to be a free source of vegetables that would be available for the community once fully grown.
Cllr John Nelson said: “It is very disappointing this has happened, after all the hard work of the community for East Midlands in Bloom and Britain in Bloom. A mindless few have spoilt it for the many, who would have been able to enjoy the free vegetables.”
The plot will now have to be replaced with flowers.
Elsewhere preparations continue at a fast pace with planting well underway throughout the town. Noticeable is Stewart Hopkinson’s waterwheel feature which is now in place at the Field Lane bed.
Belper in Bloom has been selected to represent the East Midlands in the Large Town Category in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2017.
Belper was chosen for the town’s commitment to environmental responsibility, high levels of community participation and outstanding gardening achievements.
The town will join 78 other Britain in Bloom finalists competing to be crowned one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK.
The theme this year is water.