Sussex Police and Hailsham Town Council are calling for the public’s help to identify those responsible for causing damage to the Diamond Jubilee Community Rose Garden, outside the public library in Western Road.
Around £200 worth of damage was caused to the garden which was opened to the public by Hailsham In Bloom in June 2012 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
It is believed that vandals entered the garden on Thursday evening or early Friday morning of last week [September 5/6], causing damage to one of the raised plant beds, trampling on and uprooting a number of roses.
Damage was also caused to some of the climbing roses attached to an archway structure in the garden.
Councillor Richard Grocock, Chairman of Hailsham In Bloom has denounced the vandalism and is appealing to the public to help the police in their investigation and report any vandalism they might see.
Councillor Grocock said, “Hailsham In Bloom puts a lot of money and time into providing quality gardens and open spaces for the local community to use.
“It is disheartening to see such mindless acts of vandalism from people intent on destroying their local environment.”
“The incident has been reported to the police and we would encourage anyone with information about who has been responsible for these actions to contact the police so they can be dealt with.”
Sergeant Howard Nevill of Sussex Police said, “The police take any report of mindless damage very seriously. The damage in this instance has affected a widely used community garden and we will be working alongside Hailsham In Bloom to bring the offenders to justice.”
Hailsham In Bloom will carry out repairs to the garden in the coming weeks.
Anyone with any knowledge of this incident is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.