Volunteer gardeners at Bradford on Avon Train Station are furious after three large wooden compost bins were stolen during the Easter holidays.
Friends of Bradford on Avon Train Station members Dave Walden Tony Green, Simon Mead-King, Pat Burrows and station manager Dave Martin at the site where the bins were stolen
The Friends of Bradford on Avon, which has received national recognition for its efforts in looking after the train station’s gardens, discovered the bins were missing at 9am on Tuesday when they went to tend to the greenery.
The 6ft by 4ft bins, which were made from wooden pallets and stored on the Bath side of the station, held compost, recyclables and rubbish that was used to help the 12 volunteers save money doing their work at the station.
Volunteer Pat Burrows, 66, who discovered the bins were missing, said: “It is soul destroying. We think it must have happened over the weekend and I can only suggest that they have taken them for fire wood. If I get hold of whoever has done this, I’ll wring their necks.
“The pallets were donated last autumn and one of our volunteers, John Baxter, built the sturdy bins, which stored our own compost and meant we didn’t have to buy it. When I saw they were gone, I felt like crying and the former station manager Dave Walden, who set up our group, was dumbfounded.”
The group, which tends to the gardens on Monday and Tuesday mornings, said a fence at the station had been broken and it is thought the bins had been taken through the fields near Barton Farm.
Mrs Burrows said the incident has been reported to the British Transport Police.
Fellow volunteer Tony Green said: “It is just mindless and I just don’t see the point in pinching them as they have no monetary value. To me it just seems like whoever has done this has been silly for the sake of being silly. I’d imagine there must have been a couple of people who moved them, as they are very heavy and rather big. It just seems like mindless vandalism.”
The group made the national shortlist for best station garden category at the Department for Transport and the Association of Community Rail Partnership Awards last year, and have vowed to continue working hard to make the gardens look appealing.
Anyone with information should call Wiltshire Police on 101.