A drugs charity boss has blasted “mindless” vandals who have wrecked a polytunnel used to aid the recovery of addicts.
Dave Barrie, service manager with Addaction, said the gardening equipment was likely to be thrown out because of the damage caused.
The charity is a direct access service providing support to people in Dundee affected by drug or alcohol use, and is based in the Signpost Centre in Whitfield.
Mr Barrie said: “We were given funding by the NHS to develop our Garden of Hope.
“The poly- tunnel we installed has been trashed. We are hoping with a bit of publicity we might be able to catch those involved.”
Mr Barrie said he thought the damage may be linked to other recent anti-social behaviour in the city.
“Obviously there was the fire at Braeview,” he said.
“There have been other issues in and around Whitfield and elsewhere so we are wondering if this is connected in some way.
“It appears it may be just mindless vandalism and it is possibly a group of children.
“It’s really sad as this is the first summer we have had the polytunnel up and running. We’ve grown tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, leeks and aubergines.
“We have a meal group that volunteer here once a week and a lot of the produce was being used for that, so there’s another disappointment.
“It’s been a really good asset and we are gutted, to be honest.
“It’s really disappointing as we were looking forward to our first year of using what we’ve grown.
“We had some grand plans but now they won’t happen.
“Judging by the damage, it looks like we’ll have to take the whole thing down.
“The polytunnel was used to help people in their recovery from addiction.
“Some people were up two times a week using it. In some cases it was keeping people busy, giving them some self-worth and something to focus on in the absence of taking drugs.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said officers were making inquiries.