Vandals damage garden
The Community Garden at the back of the Matamata Union Parish has been the target of vandalism in recent weeks.
Plants have been pulled out before being given the chance to grow, bamboo tomato stacks have been taken and used as swords to chop off the tops of plants, and the fittings for the hose have been stolen.
John Mott, who has dedicated much time and effort to the garden, said it was disheartening to see people disrespecting a place that was established to benefit the whole community.
Metui Tafuna was sad to see that kumara he had planted had been pulled out. ‘‘We’re really sad and disappointed. ‘‘There is no reason for these people to be doing this,’’ he said
On the flipside, Mr Mott said people who have taken veges from the garden have anonymously put new plants in.
‘‘The other day I noticed someone had planted some leeks. People are replacing plants, it’s excellent.’’
Sad: Metui Tafuna holds up vegetable plants that were pulled out of the community garden at the back of the Matamata Union Parish.