Flowers vandalised in Chiswick High Rd

Flower heads snipped off

Flowers in the beds outside Old Market Place on Chiswick High Rd have been vandalised.

Chiswick Flower Market Tweeted:

“Some nasty selfish person has snipped off all the heads from the drumstick alliums we planted on the High Road flower beds. These green sticks are all that is left.”

The Chiswick Flower Market, which has been operating in Old Market Place outside George IV since September 2020, is a community interest company run by local volunteers dedicated to improving the High Rd and has used some of the revenue from stallholders to improve the flower beds.

Drumstick alliums (Allium sphaerocephalon) produce large egg-shaped blooms that are greyish green at the base and dark pink at the top, which grow about three foot high. The flowers were just coming into bud and should have been producing flowers all summer had they not been vandalised.

Images above: Drumstick Alliums; photographs Hardys Cottage Garden Plants – hardysplants.co.uk

“Wrecked by idiots”

Kathleen Mitra, one of the directors of the market told The Chiswick Calendar:

“We were shocked and very disappointed to see that. We’ve spent quite a lot of money in doing up the flower beds. Why would anyone do that?”

Rob Hardy, owner of Hardys Cottage Garden Plants, multi award winner at Chelsea Flower Show who has a regular stall at Chiswick Flower Market, told us:

“It is really disappointing after all the effort that’s gone in from people who are trying to improve the High Rd. For it to be wrecked by idiots is very frustrating.”

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