Video: Flower thieves scupper ‘Royal’ display at Conisbrough

Gutted: Oval TARA members next to the ruined flower display (L-R) Ann Coates, 70, Carol Sellars, 68, Mary Mayhew, 71 and Marian Westwood, 66.
Gutted: Oval TARA members next to the ruined flower display (L-R) Ann Coates, 70, Carol Sellars, 68, Mary Mayhew, 71 and Marian Westwood, 66.

Flower thieves have scuppered an estate’s bid for Royal floral glory.

The ladies of Conisbrough Oval Tenants and Residents Association (TARA) have been left devastated after their flower display lovingly planted in honour of the Royal baby was uprooted and stolen.

The arrangement of red white and blue flowers at the entrance to the estate designed to welcome little Prince George into the world , had been nurtured for months and cost hundreds of pounds.

TARA member Carol Sellars, 68 of Denaby, said: “It is soul destroying when you buy so many plants and people steal them.

“The flowers take a different presentation every year. Last year they were on the theme of the Olympic Games, we had them in a cake for the Royal Wedding and this year we thought it would be nice to do something different. We were waiting to see whether it was a boy or a girl to put on the finishing touches.

“The display was going to be our pride and joy this year. - they are just mindless yobs. It is disgusting .”

Three boxes were stripped of Red Geraniums and Begonias, white Dahlias and Blue Veronica flowers, worth over £200. One box was emptied entirely. The theft happened in the early hours of the morning of Saturday, July 20, and it is thought they were stashed in a car.

The Royal tribute was to be entered into Doncaster Council’s Estate in Bloom competition, which the TARA has won for the past three years.

Mrs Sellars added: “We were supposed to be judged at the beginning of August but it’s too late to replace now. It is a shame. A lot of people said how nice it was. We just try to give a little colour to the estate for the people who live here.

She added: “We got a cheque from St Leger Homes who support us and we raised £100 ourselves from raffles. Now we will have to start again.”

The Oval now has two remaining displays, including a brand new rockery in the shape of a heart.

Estate officer for St Leger Homes, Moira Doone said: “I think it’s a great shame for someone to ruin the display when they have put so much work in.”