Since Lockdown began on March 23rd 2020, the new "normal" way of life has changed somewhat. Our volunteers were unable to gather together, join in our shed for hot drinks, plan events or even have our Committee meetings. Now we have Zoom virtual Committee meetings. Our planned events were all cacncelled as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. No Spring Plant sale, no plant stall for the Secret Gardens of Oxton, no Litter picks.
This morning, Saturday 4th July, was the first volunteer Saturday when we were allowed to meet up in the Rose Garden, albeit at 2 metre social distances.
Indeed the Rose Garden and The Oxton Fields have been a lifeline for recreation during this lockdown. Many people in the community have used these valuable green spaces for their daily exercise outings, as every other place, apart from food shops, was closed. Families have had picnics and enjoyed the good weather, when usual home visiting was prohibited.
We were saddened to discover that this week our Bug Hotel in the Rose Garden had been vandalised. That, coupled with 4 roses being stolen, is extremely upsetting. Particularly as members of the community had given their time and money in contributing to and caring for this great asset The Rose Garden.
The Police and Parks and Gardens have been alerted to the theft of the roses. Could we ask the community to be alert and report any suspicious activity to the Police non-urgent call line 101.