Community garden in Northampton destroyed by vandals has been restored and volunteers celebrating retrospective award

A garden in Northampton that was vandalised won an award in the Northampton in Bloom competition. The judges visited before the vandlism happened.

A garden in Northampton that was vandalised won an award in the Northampton in Bloom competition. The judges visited before the vandlism happened.

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A community garden in Northampton destroyed by vandals has now been restored and volunteers have been informed it was rated Best Community Garden in the town before it was damaged.

The Chronicle & Echo reported in August that the garden next to The Brookside Hall at Lings Local Centre in Billing Brook Road was targeted by vandals twice in five days.

The garden was set up in memory of the late deputy chair of Brookside Residents’ Council, Cathy Ansell, after she died last year.

Volunteers worked to repair the damage after flowers, plants and roses were pulled up and left strewn around the area.

But five days later, they discovered the garden had been completely torn up and destroyed again.

Two months later, the gardening club have found out the garden won the Best Community Garden in the Northampton in Bloom competition. The volunteer gardening club recently received a certificate and voucher for a meal at the Church restaurant.

Margaret Pritchard, secretary of Brookside Residents’ Council and a member of the Gardening Club, said: “Fortunately, the judging took place prior to the vandalism, and thanks to the Chronicle & Echo’s publicity we received donations to enable us to restore our pretty garden.

The gardening club meets every Thursday (unless wet) at 10am at The Brookside Hall by the Lings Local Centre, Billingbrook Road, NN3 8NQ. New volunteers are welcome.

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