Wrentham landlord’s anger over stolen pub flowers

Marigolds have been stolen from the flower beds oustide the Five Bells Pub, Wrentham. Owner Dave Pi

Marigolds have been stolen from the flower beds oustide the Five Bells Pub, Wrentham. Owner Dave Pickles (left) and gardener Ben Harrison by the flower beds.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A landlord is seeking information about his missing marigolds after the plants were dug up and stolen from the grounds of his pub.

Marigolds have been stolen from the flower beds oustide the Five Bells Pub, Wrentham. Owner Dave Pi

Marigolds have been stolen from the flower beds oustide the Five Bells Pub, Wrentham. Owner Dave Pickles (left) and gardener Ben Harrison by the flower beds.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Dave Pickles, who runs the Five Bells in Wrentham with his wife Debby, said his gardener first noticed that the 12 marigold plants had been taken around June 15th and 16th.

The pub was joint winner of the Adnams Floral Pub of the year for 2015 with the Middleton Bell and was hoping to retain the title this year.

Mr Pickles, who has been in charge of the pub for the last three and half years, invests £1,000 in flowers every year.

They include about 60 hanging baskets, raised beds and a flower-filled boat.

He said: 'I think they must be parking up in the lane at the side of the pub. They are taking roots and digging the whole lot. It is a deliberate act.'

Mr Pickles said he had not reported the theft to police as the stolen marigolds were only worth a few pounds.

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However, he said he felt cross that someone would target his flower beds rather than buy their own plants from the garden centre.

He added: 'It is so petty and I think the message has to be, go down the garden centre and buy your own.'

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