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Group ‘disheartened’ after planter stolen

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

A member of a community project group has expressed his disappointment in learning that one of their planters has been stolen. Cheadle In Bloom’s gardening furniture on Carlos Close was discovered taken on Tuesday morning (March 1), with soil from the pot discarded next to the remaining three.

A member of a community project group has expressed his disappointment in learning that one of their planters has been stolen.

Cheadle In Bloom’s gardening furniture on Carlos Close was discovered taken on Tuesday morning (March 1), with soil from the pot discarded next to the remaining three.

This comes after a separate incident in June 2020, which saw another of the group’s public planter displays stolen.

Speaking to the Times & Echo, Cheadle In Bloom treasurer Ian Plant expressed his frustration regarding the latest theft.

“It’s disheartening when we’re a group of volunteers and we’re trying to make the town brighter,” he said.

“Especially leading up to the jubilee and then things like this happen.

“We just hope the culprits are wise and keen enough to put it back where it belongs, or contact Cheadle In Bloom.”

Ian admitted that it’s looking tight as to whether the group can cover the cost of a replacement after the pandemic scuppered fundraising opportunities over the past 18 months.

He added: “It (a replacement) depends on whether the funds stretch it. With the pandemic, we weren’t able to go out for a year-and-a-half to collect donations from sponsors, so our funds depleted.

“We have tried to trim back this time on flowers. So it hits you hard when things like this happen.”

A spokesperson for Cheadle In Bloom wrote on its Facebook page: “Either it’s grown legs or someone has stolen one of our barrels over night.

“This used to be a four-barrel planter set on Carlos Close but now, due to rising costs, it’ll more than likely have to remain a three-barrel planter.

“In the many years I’ve volunteered for Cheadle in Bloom, plants have “gone missing” and planters have been kicked over or hit by cars but rarely do our planters get stolen.

“This is a real kick in the teeth for our amazing volunteers who give up their time and energy to put these planters in place, top up with compost and plant twice a year.

“Also for our incredible sponsors, the majority of whom are small Cheadle businesses, who donate year after year to help us make Cheadle look as beautiful as it does.

“This theft is basically money from their pockets.”

The incident has been reported to Staffordshire Police.

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