Bees vanish after vandals ransack hive in community garden

Posted On 15 May 2016 at 10:40 pm
By Claire Jacobs

A community garden has been vandalised and police are looking for information to identify the cuplrits.

The Bevendean Community Garden, in Lower Bevendean, has had its bee hive broken into and a shed has been badly damaged. The bees have vanished.

The shed was vandalised three weeks ago. The group who look after the garden are unsure whether the bee hive was destroyed at the same time or more recently because the lid had been placed back on the hive to hide the damage.

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The garden is looked after by volunteers. One of them, Liz Fitsimons, said: “We are very sorry to report our bee hive has been ransacked and the bees have gone. This is really sad.

“Recently the shed was also badly vandalised (kicked in). We have reported these incidents to our community police officer.”

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The group is appealing for people to contact Sussex Police if they saw any suspicious activity at the garden recently.

The Bevendean Community Garden Group was set up to bring together the local community to grow and share healthy produce.

The group intends to fix and restock the bee hive once members have sought advice from a bee-keeping expert.

Claire Jacobs writes the blog Confessions of a Single Parent Pessimist.

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