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Young disabled gardeners at the Albrighton Moat and Gardens were distressed when they saw young hedging plants they had planted earlier in the year had been damaged by fly tippers. Overnight household reuse that included a carpet and a tub of used cooking oil had been dumped along the perimeter hedge on the A41. The young hedging plants had been planted as part of the Shropshire community tree scheme and was a long term project the young people are working on, to develop healthy hedgerows and are learning about the benefits to the wildlife and environment. Mark Ironmonger, head gardener at the Moat said “luckily there were only 2 young volunteers on site when we discovered the damage and hopefully the council will have removed the refuse before the majority of our volunteers return after their summer break. The young people have worked hard to cultivate the saplings, when we collect them from the council earlier in the year; because of weather conditions we planted the young saplings in a sheltered place with protection and when the weather improved the plants were transplanted. The young people have nurtured their plants and they were looking very healthy until this happened. The community tree scheme is an excellent project and we were delighted when we received the plants, it is such a pity that the efforts of so many people have destroyed by people who can’t be bothered to dispose of their rubbish in a responsible way”.

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