Council bosses have asked the public to be on the lookout for the theft of plants and other cuttings from the town’s main park.
The authority said some visitors appear to be so keen on Alexandra Park, the Victorian linear park through the centre of Hastings, that they are trying to recreate it for themselves, by taking cuttings and larger quantities of plant material.
Cllr Colin Fitzgerald, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for the environment, said: “Alexandra Park is beautiful, much admired, and, of course, the holder of the coveted ‘green flag’. While we can understand people wanting to take cuttings from the plants, we would ask them not to spoil the park for others.
“The taking of cuttings started on a small scale, but appears to be spreading. Indeed, large quantities of material are being hacked from our plants and shrubs in some areas, really spoiling the appearance of the park.
“We would like to try and nip this in the bud now, so are asking visitors to Alexandra Park to please leave our lovely plants alone.
“We are asking our park rangers to pay particular attention to the areas where this theft is taking place and, if it continues, we will take action against those damaging our park.”
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