A community group in Dundee has hit out at vandals who have caused hundreds of pounds worth of worth of damage.
Volunteers at the Douglas Community Garden said that the latest incident, a hole that was burned in the side of the group’s new polytunnel, will cost around £800 to repair.
It’s believed the culprits jumped the fence of the garden on Friday in order to carry out the act.
It follows another recent incident in which the area was entered and slate nameplates were smashed.
Craig Shearer, 24, a volunteer with the group, said the damage meant the tunnel’s plastic roof will need to be completely replaced. He added: “The garden is for the community and is something that is totally for everyone’s benefit.
“It’s annoying when this kind of thing happens because it’s there for everyone and we’re more than happy to teach people what to do so they get use of it.
“We don’t have an endless pot of money and most of it comes from lottery funding and grants, so the last thing we want is to spend money on repairs when we could be spending it on growing the garden.”
Rob Mitchell, 55, added that there had been three separate incidents of vandalism in the last six weeks.
He said: “When we first put the polytunnel up people came in and damaged some of the plants.
“It was mindless vandalism.”
The volunteers say they want to encourage as many people as possible to come and take advantage of the garden.
Craig said: “The more people come along and get involved, the more we are going to be able to do for the community
“The garden was set up around three years ago, after the council launched a public consultation into what they wanted done with the space. If people really get behind it, we hope to be able to get a community barbecue and more space made available.”
Local councillor Will Dawson condemned the vandalism.
He said: “This is so infuriating because I know so much hard work has been put into the project.
“It’s wrong that people are working so hard to improve the community and then people do this.
“It’s really annoying.
“I hope that the local CCTV is able to catch whoever is responsible, or someone with any knowledge comes forward, because the group have poured their hearts and souls into this.”
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “A report of vandalism has been made to the police and inquiries are ongoing.”