HEARTLESS thieves stole tubs filled with plants from near the fish ladder in Milngavie last week.
They had been put on the Allander Walkway by volunteers from Milngavie In Bloom as part of their ongoing work to make the town more attractive for locals and visitors.
One of the volunteers, Milngavie lady Joyce Kerr, was upset when she discovered that two of three tubs had vanished last Thursday and the contents from all of them had been emptied all over the pavement.
She said: “We all work hard to look after all the sites where we have planted flowers.
“It’s very sad that this has happened.”
Chairperson of Milngavie in Bloom, Heather Lindsay, said: “We are all very upset about this.
“So much work goes into preparing these tubs.
“We thought this would be a good spot for tubs as people stand there to watch salmon leaping.
“It was a bit drab before but they looked lovely all summer, filled with colourful flowers.
“We had just planted them up for winter with bulbs and one of our volunteers, a gentleman in his eighties, had painted them for us.
“He is meticulous and spent hours doing it. Dobbies also donated free bulbs.
“So many people are involved in our projects. The public are very annoyed that we are being targeted by vandals.
“We’ve reported this to the police and asked if they can give the area extra attention.
“It’s very frustrating that the people responsible don’t see that we are trying to provide something for the whole community to enjoy, including them.
“Why don’t they come and help us instead of taking it away?”
Milngavie pensioner Moir Garret (86), said: “Milngavie in Bloom do such wonderful work and beautify the area, then we get these morons doing things like this. It’s just dreadful.”
Milngavie Councillor Jim Gibbons said: “I was disappointed to hear that the flower barrels had gone missing. Milngavie In Bloom work very hard to improve the look of the town.
“It is a shame that the work done by so many is not appreciated by a few selfish people.”
Community officer, PC Siobhan McCandlish, said: “If you have any information about the theft, please contact Milngavie police office on 0141 532 4000 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”