Vandals attack George’s prize-winning garden

George Collins' garden was vandalised the same night he was awarded the Brighouse in Bloom Lifetime Award.
George Collins' garden was vandalised the same night he was awarded the Brighouse in Bloom Lifetime Award.

CRUEL vandals wrecked a pensioner’s garden only hours after he was presented with a prestigious award recognising his beautiful blooms.

George Collins, of Brighouse, has been winning the Best Garden title at the Brighouse in Bloom contest for the last six years and was given a lifetime achievement prize for excellence from the 3B’s - Build a Brighter Brighouse group. But next day he woke to find his treasured garden wrecked.

Black covers to prevent weeds had been chucked around the lawn, the perennials had been pulled out of the ground and eggs had been hurled at his window.

“I was very upset. It’s just a mess,” said Mr Collins, 83.

Mr Collins, who was a post mortem room technician, has been gardening since he was 11 and grew vegetables to feed his family during the war.

Nick Yates from the 3Bs said the garden has been up to a Chelsea Flower show standard and was growing flowers that they were unable to match.

“I was stunned and saddened when I saw it and thought how totally unnecessary it is to do such a thing,” he said. “It’s so annoying that people decide to cause this sort of trouble.

“George doesn’t just create the garden for himself but for others in the area to look at. There are a lot of people like him who always put in a lot of work to brighten up Brighouse for the people and it is a tradition we must not lose.”

Sergeant Tony Johnson, from the Lower Valley neighbourhood policing team, said they are investigating the crime and urge anyone who has any information about the vandalism or has any concerns to contact him on 01484 405251. They can also ring Crimestoppers annonymously on 0800 555111 regarding the incident on Friday night or early on Saturday morning.