Joy as plants replaced

Council give flowers to DHA on bath Street. Howard Dunn, Clive Moore, cllr Mike Wallis lead member culture and leisure, Kathryn Doar project training co-ordinator.
Council give flowers to DHA on bath Street. Howard Dunn, Clive Moore, cllr Mike Wallis lead member culture and leisure, Kathryn Doar project training co-ordinator.

Staff at a charity, where plants were stolen last month, are ‘delighted’ with free flowers donated by the council.

Flowers and planters bought out of DHA manager Kathleen Jackson’s back pocket were stolen from the Bath Street branch’s garden on June 21.

But, after seeing an appeal in the Advertiser, Erewash Borough Council has stepped to replace them with surplus plants from its own nursery.

Kathleen said the courtyard at the back of the charity, which offers free legal advice, was now ‘better than ever’.

“I’m absolutely delighted that we were approached by the council with this very generous offer,” she added. “It looks very nice and has made a real difference.”

Cllr Mike Wallis said: “We were appalled to hear that someone had stolen the flowers from this town centre charity – flowers that had been bought by the manager out of her own pocket to bring some cheer to the courtyard area.”