Around £100 of plants have been stolen from a new sensory garden created by volunteers at Valley Gardens – just a week after they were planted.
Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens planted more than £500 of plants in the recreated sensory garden, using part of a £1,000 grant from Yorkshire Gardens Trust.
However, on Sunday morning volunteers discovered dozens of plants had been removed from the bed, along with plants donated for another flower bed the group is maintaining.
Colin White, group chairman, said: “It’s very disappointing. We have had a small amount of damage, but nothing malicious or specific vandalism, but on Sunday morning I came up to do some watering and there were about two dozen plants that had just been removed from the bed.
“We were given about two dozen hostas for another bed, which we only planted on Saturday afternoon, and they were all gone as well.”
The sensory bed, which runs alongside the Southgate entrance to the gardens is part of the group’s bid to restore the gardens to their former glory, working in conjunction with Wakefield Council.
It has also received a council community chest grant of £1,000, which it has used to put new entrance signs up to the gardens, and it plans to install an information board in the park.
In the future it also wants to transform the old aviary into a community cafe and picnic area.
Colin added: “Most people have been very supportive, and want things to get better – we have had lots of comments from people who are pleased to see the improvements we’re making.
“However there are people who just see an opportunity, and plants are easy to steal. It is a bit demoralising, but we will just carry on.
“Hopefully whoever it is has enough plants for their garden now.”
The Friends group holds regular gardening sessions at Valley Gardens.
Email friends.friarwoodvalleygardens.gmail.com to find out more about the group and how to get involved.