Published: 05/07/2018 19:00 - Updated: 29/06/2018 13:46

Response to vandalism was blooming marvellous

Written byHector MacKenzie


Tesco planters
Tesco staff Emma Matheson and Tom Norton join Lynn Jamieson (right) for a spot of gardening.

A VOLUNTEER devastated by the bizarre overnight theft of dozens of flowers from meticulously tended planters in the centre of Dingwall has been given a welcome boost.

As reported in the Journal, Lynn Jamieson of Dingwall in Bloom was shocked to see up to 30 plants disappearing from a display that represented months of work and hundreds of pounds of investment.

Police are appealing for witnesses and confirmed that CCTV footage will be examined.

Among those coming forward to offer help was local Tesco community champion Tom Norton. The store has donated 15 bags of compost and some plants.

Tom and store colleague Emma Matheson turned out this week to help with some weeding.

He said: "We decided to get involved after seeing your article about the theft of the flowers. As soon as we saw it we knew we had to do something so we were able to get in touch with Lynn and arranged a day for her to come into store to speak to myself, and our store manager Stephen.

"She told us all about what had happened, Dingwall in Bloom and how it benefits the High Street.

"We have a lot of colleagues who are keen gardeners so decided to get them involved in helping out also, so on the Monday we assembled a small team and helped Lynn with the weeding and tidying of the path by Dings and the corner flower bed by County Buildings.

"Supporting Dingwall in Bloom is definitely something I’d love to be able to carry on with in future."

Kelvin Ambrose of Macdonald’s Hardware on the High Street also responded with a donation to help replace the flowers after reading the Journal’s story.

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