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Heartless Thieves Steal from the Disabled in Nantwich

Caring community gardeners in Nantwich have been stunned when last week thieves stole over £200 worth of materials from the Growing Health Community Garden project in Brookfield Park.

Growing Health Community Garden volunteers Ian Sharples, Jeremy Herbert and Ashleigh Jackson are pictured with the type of grids stolen

The cruel blow has left the dedicated band short of 72 “Eco-deck” base grids – the solid foundation platform for the fully accessible garden. The team think that someone may have stolen the grids to order, as 72 grids is the perfect number to create hard parking for a driveway.

The project was set up by local gardeners last year to create a safe, friendly and fully accessible space where people from all walks of life, especially the sick and the disabled, can recuperate and enjoy the benefits of gardening.

The project has overcome a series of hurdles, moving location after flooding and battling through repeated lock-downs, to get to the build stage, with local volunteers creating a network of wheelchair accessible raised beds and pathways.

Funding for the project has come from Nantwich Town Council and Cheshire East Council’s Covid Recovery Fund – plus donations from project volunteers.

Volunteer Project Director Ashleigh Jackson said the theft was a real blow.

“Its utterly unbelievable that these thieves would steal from some of the most vulnerable in our town, the disabled and those in ill-heath – and from the public purse which has helped fund this project.

“We have started to get referrals from the NHS and requests from people wanting to enjoy the benefits of a bit of gentle gardening in our friendly community. We are so close to seeing the garden help change people’s lives for the better. That has made this immoral theft all the more hurtful,” she said.

If anyone has any information about the stolen grids please contact Cheshire Police on 101.

For further information about the project or to make a donation ring 07729 979641 or email herbertjeremy@rocketmail.com