Thieves steal plants from the gardens

Several thefts from Gisborne District Council gardens in past month

Several thefts from Gisborne District Council gardens in past month

WHO IS DOING THIS? Holes in the Botanical Gardens where endangered plants were growing. Malcolm Redwood and Mike Crawshaw of the District Council’s amenity and horticulture team inspect the bare patch where four Ngutukaka plants were stolen — the latest in a string of thefts from Gisborne’s public gardens. Picture by Paul Rickard

Gisborne’s public gardens are being targeted by plant thieves.

Gisborne District Council amenity and horticulture team leader Oriana Rojas says there have been several thefts from council-owned gardens in the past month.

Among plants stolen were six well-established roses dug out from the Rose Garden, as well as three bromeliads, Mondo grass and society garlic taken from the Botanical Gardens.

Over the weekend, someone took four white kakabeaks (ngutukaka) from the gardens.

They were donated to GDC earlier this year by the Te Reinga Marae Trust Board.

Ngutukaka is New Zealand’s most widely-recognised endangered plant.

“We deal with a lot of vandalism on a weekly basis, but regular plant theft is something new and it has happened way too often in the past month.

“Our amenity and horticulture team work so hard to keep our gardens looking beautiful and it’s always disappointing when people destroy that work.”

Gisborne’s public gardens are being targeted by plant thieves.

Gisborne District Council amenity and horticulture team leader Oriana Rojas says there have been several thefts from council-owned gardens in the past month.

Among plants stolen were six well-established roses dug out from the Rose Garden, as well as three bromeliads, Mondo grass and society garlic taken from the Botanical Gardens.

Over the weekend, someone took four white kakabeaks (ngutukaka) from the gardens.

They were donated to GDC earlier this year by the Te Reinga Marae Trust Board.

Ngutukaka is New Zealand’s most widely-recognised endangered plant.

“We deal with a lot of vandalism on a weekly basis, but regular plant theft is something new and it has happened way too often in the past month.

“Our amenity and horticulture team work so hard to keep our gardens looking beautiful and it’s always disappointing when people destroy that work.”

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