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Beavers plants ripped up at Westwood Road Recreational Grounds in Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 03, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • The 2nd Leek Beavers planting in Westwood Road Recreational Grounds.

  • The 2nd Leek Beavers planting at Westwood Road Recreational Grounds in Leek.

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A scouting leader is appalled that planting work carried out by Beaver members has been repeatedly ripped up.

Members of the 2nd Leek Beavers Group visited Westwood Road Recreational Grounds in Leek last Monday, June 23, to plant around 200 flowers into five of the beds at the public open space.

The work was carried out in conjunction with Staffordshire Moorlands District Council as part of the Beavers' work towards their Environmental Link Badge.

However, one of the leaders of the Beavers colony has since been checking on the green-fingered work, only to discover that the plants have been ripped up by vandals on several occasions.

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The leader, who wished not to be named, said: "I am extremely disappointed that people have the audacity to keep doing this – especially considering it was six to eight-year-olds who carried out the planting, and most walk past every day and see their work.

"The planting work was carried out on the Monday and when I checked on the Thursday at least 60 per cent of the plants had been ripped up.

"It clearly looked to me that they had been ripped up deliberately. I replanted them all but then when I checked on Friday morning again, there were around four plants that had been ripped up again, so I replanted them again.

"However, on Friday evening I discovered that around 50 percent of the flowers had been ripped up again. So I replanted them, only to discover on Saturday morning around six plants had been ripped out yet again."

The Beaver leader said that he reported the incidents to the police on Friday evening and then again on Saturday morning. He said: "A PCSO then met me at the site on Saturday evening, when we discovered a few more plants had been taken out.

"Since then there have been no more plants ripped out.

"Hopefully with the Police having a look around and checking the area it has put, whoever was doing this, off."

The Beaver Leader added: "The children were very proud of what they did with some bringing their family members down to see their hard work.

"I haven't told them what has been going on yet – I have just been covering it up by re-planting the flowers.

"It has taken months to get this planting organised and I would like to thank the district council for allowing the Beavers to carry out this great and very enjoyable activity within their community.

"We are talking about taking on those beds each summer and having a plaque, but we don't want to be doing that if this keeps happening.

"I feel that this work by the Beavers is being targeted as I have not noticed this sort of vandalism on the rec before, not to this repeated extent anyway."

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "There have been reports of vandalism at Westwood Road Recreational Grounds in Leek which includes digging out plants.

"The incidents were reported to us on 27 and 28 June.

"Local PCSOs are investigating the incidents."

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