Not happy: Mayor Rothwell at Tiger Bay, where plants have been stolen. *Photo by Nicola Muirhead
Not happy: Mayor Rothwell at Tiger Bay, where plants have been stolen. *Photo by Nicola Muirhead

Joyless thieves have stolen and destroyed Christmas flowers and shrubs planted to make St George’s look festive.

The latest spate of destruction occurred over the National Trust’s Christmas Walkabout around the Old Town when vandals raided the gardens at Tiger Bay.

Mayor Garth Rothwell told the Bermuda Sun that the theft of flowers and shrubs is costing the Corporation thousands of dollars.

He said: “During the past few months the theft of flowers and shrubs from the gardens of the Corporation of St George has risen to a new high.

“We are no strangers to flowers being taken or a cutting taken off of a plant, but in the last few months the situation has gotten out of control.

“The first incident happened in October, the newly planted garden at the bottom of Barracks Hill had patches of flowers and shrubbery removed from it.

“The most recent incident in December was the straw that broke the camel’s back. 

“The garden at Tiger Bay planted for the National Trust walkabout was completely vandalized.

“Our workers returned on the Monday morning to find most of the flowering shrubbery removed.”

The Mayor said that corporation’s landscaping staff had becoming increasingly frustrated and fed up by the spate of thefts in the last few months.

He added: “The replacement of flowers is not just derived from replacing stolen flowers, but also from uncaring pet owners who allow their dogs to roam or feel it is fine for their dogs to relieve themselves in our many flowers gardens as well as in Somers Garden.

“This issue is probably more frustrating for our staff who spend the day preparing a garden only to find the next day that it has been destroyed by dogs.

“To have these plants stolen or destroyed really hurts our attempts to beautify the town.”