Good samaritans repair vandalism-hit Lincoln community garden

Volunteers behind a Lincoln community herb garden have said they are touched by the response of good samaritans after vandals trashed the space last month.

The garden at Liquorice Park Millennium Green off Yarborough Road was left in ruin after vandals smashed compost bay roofs, destroyed gates and dismantled raised beds over the weekend of March 25.

The community herb garden at Liquorice Park Millennium Green suffered acts of mindless vandalism

An appeal published on The Lincolnite sparked outrage by local residents. The team behind the project added: “The outpouring of support and good will that Grow Lincoln have received has been astonishing.

“Thanks to The Lincolnite’s coverage we were approached by the Scouts, Tesco’s Community Champion, and a large number of members of the public all offering to help repair the damage caused to the garden.”

Volunteers working to repair the damaged garden. Photo: Danny Blades

Over the last three weeks the community garden has undergone rapid reconstruction and repair to the affected areas.

Jade Clarke, founder of Grow Lincoln said: “There’s been such genuine care for the space and we’re incredibly pleased at how quickly we’ve been able to make repairs and return the garden back to a functioning space.”

The herb garden is now only one week behind its planting schedule. Photo: Danny Blades

Alison Griffiths, Liquorice Park Millennium Green Trustee added: “The park is bursting into life with the arrival of spring and seeing so many people here enjoying the space despite the vandalism shows what tremendous community spirit there is in both the immediate area and throughout the city.

“We’re pleased to say there have been no further incidents of antisocial behaviour in the park and we’re confident this was a one-off occurrence.”

The herb garden has been entered in to Lincolnshire Environmental Awards run by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and has made it to the second stage of the programme.

The awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the inspiring activities that are helping to improve the environment and encourage sustainability.